Add Fire Safety to Your Spring Cleaning List

With temperatures on the rise, and flowers beginning to bloom, many will get the urge to tackle those spring cleaning chores.  The Champaign Fire Department reminds households that as they start cleaning this spring, don’t forget fire safety.   Tackle these simple tasks to make your family’s home safer:

  • Test your smoke alarms and replace any alarms that are 10 years old or older.
  • Test your carbon monoxide alarms and replace any alarms that are 7 years old or older.
  • Check the clothes dryer exhaust vent.  Make sure it is not restricted and that the outdoor vent flap opens when the dryer is operating.  At least once a year, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a service professional do it for you.
  • Remove excessive clutter from within the home.  Clutter that blocks windows or doors can prevent someone from escaping a fire in the home and can hinder firefighters from reaching you in an emergency.
  • Never store gasoline in the home.  Keep gasoline stored in tightly closed metal or plastic approved containers in the garage or shed.  Store only the amount necessary to complete specific outdoor tasks.
  • Make sure your address number is visible from the street.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan with everyone in the home.  Know two ways out of every room and designate an outside meeting place.  Make sure all doors and windows open easily for fast escapes.

Contact:  Randy Smith, Deputy Fire Marshal
Phone:  (217) 403-7212 / Cell:  (217) 840-9434