March 9, 2012

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Spring ahead with these home maintenance tips.
? Inspect your smoke detectors, and make sure that there is one on each floor of your
home. Test them monthly, and change the batteries annually or as needed.
? Check the light bulbs in all your fixtures to be sure they are the correct wattage as
recommended by the manufacturer.
? Replace all high-intensity bulbs (such as incandescent) with fluorescent bulbs that don’t
produce as much heat.
? Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting
plugs. Be sure not to overload electrical outlets, fuse boxes, extension cords or any other
power service.
? Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible, filled and ready for operation.
? Have your air conditioning system inspected by a professional as recommended by the
? Check for damage to your roof, and clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from
? Check water heater for leaks and corrosion.
? Clean or replace your furnace filter.
? Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust,
and pieces of material.
? Remove all dead trees in your yard, and keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and
away from utility wires.
? Safely store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
? Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walkways to provide a level walking