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UFA Safety Message

Melted snow, budding trees, longer days: they’re all signs that the warmer months are nearing. For many of us, these seasonal hallmarks are reminders to start spring cleaning in and around our homes. The following are six key practices and supporting recommendations to help minimize the risk of fires and associated hazards:

  • Properly use and store gasoline. Only store gasoline in a container that is sold for that purpose and never bring it indoors, even in small amounts.
  • Carefully dispose of rags with paint and stain. The oils commonly used in oil-based paints and stains release heat as they dry. If the heat is not released in the air as the rags dry, the heat is trapped and can cause a fire.
  • Inspect grills to ensure they’re in good working order. Inspect your grill carefully and make sure it’s free of grease or fat buildup. Clean out any nests, spider webs, or other debris you may find.
  • Keep debris well away from your home. Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S., with more and more people living in communities where wildfires are a real risk.
  • Clean out your clothes dryer. Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe for your dryer is not restricted and that the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating.