It’s finally that time of year to throw open your windows, grab your mop, empty your drawers, and get a good spring cleaning! Amidst the reorganizations and disinfecting, don’t forget to take care of the often-forgotten chores on our home safety spring-cleaning checklist.
Check Fire Alarms
Make sure your smoke and fire alarms are in tip-top shape by double-checking and replacing the batteries. Neglecting to replace the batteries in your alarms can result in a deadly disaster if they do not go off when there’s an accident.
Most fire alarms use a 9-volt battery, but be sure to double-check your alarm to make sure you buy the right batteries
Disinfect Commonly Touched Surfaces
While you’re poring over every speck of dust, be sure to disinfect the common surfaces you touch every day, but may not clean often:
Electronic Devices – Wipe down your devices, like keyboards, computer mice, and phone, with a disinfecting wipe and use a compressed air duster to remove debris from in between buttons and keys.
Make up brushes/applicators – The easiest way to clean your brushes and sponges at home is to wash them with warm, soapy water.
Squirt soap into a small bowl and swirl your brush and applicator around in the bowl or your hand to get in between hairs and deep into the sponge.
To dry your sponges and blenders, squeeze out as much water and wrap them in a paper towel overnight to dry. To dry your brushes, shake out the water by hitting the brush repeatedly against a towel, then wrap it in a paper towel and let it sit in a cup with the hairs down.
Showerheads – Your showerhead can collect a lot of calcium and mineral build-up from daily use, and you definitely don’t want that in your hair or on your body!
Deep clean your showerhead by submerging it in a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and water in a plastic bag.
Flush the mixture out by running the water and wipe down the showerhead with a rag to remove excess.
Toys – Wash and disinfect your children’s toys with soap and water and pat dry
Declutter to Avoid Fire Hazards
Too much clutter isn’t just frustrating, it’s potentially dangerous! Make sure you have a clear path to all doors so that you have a safe and easy exit in the event of a fire or other disaster.
Prevent fires by clearing all boxes and other items from your furnace and water heater by at least 30 inches.
Invest in a Security System
Spring often sparks a surge in vacations as schools let out for summer breaks and the sun beckons, leading to a spike in burglars looking to poach in empty homes.
Invest in a security or surveillance system to keep your home safe at all times. An unprotected home leaves not just valuables at risk, but any children left home alone can also be endangered if someone breaks in without a proper defense system.
If you have a surveillance system, make sure your cameras are cleaned and re-aimed to ensure you have the best visibility. Be sure to check that all locks on your windows and doors are secure. If you find any locks that are loose or broken, tighten or replace them accordingly.
Lock Up Cleaning Supplies
Once you’ve finished cleaning your home from head to toe, don’t forget to lock away your cleaning supplies again and toss expired foods and medicines to keep your children and animals safe from accidentally accessing or ingesting harmful chemicals.