Periodic Home Safety Tips

If you own a home, I’m sure you’re more than aware of periodic preventative maintenance. With so many components and accessories to a home, it’s easy to overlook care. Whether you do your checks seasonally or periodically, here are some items to keep on your checklist:

Smoke Detectors
Replace batteries once a year and the units every 10 years. Airborne dust can interfere with a smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, so clean all detectors in your home at least twice a year. Many people use Daylight Savings Time changes as reminders for smoke detector maintenance.

Washing Machine
Replace rubber hoses with braided steel and check regularly for leaks. Wash your washer by pouring some liquid chlorine bleach in it. Set the water level to full and run the washer through a complete cycle. Using a small paintbrush, clean the filter screens and the water inlet ports on the washer.

Brush or vacuum every few months, cleaning for any lint build-up. If you have a flex hose, inspect it for damage and clean it out by hand. If it is damaged or excessively clogged with lint, replace it.

Gas Grills
Check for any cracks and replace hoses when worn. Thoroughly brush out the interior of the grill. Wash and soak the grates and barrier. Close up the grill and give the exterior a wash. Keep the grill at least 10′ away from the house.

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About Crystal Porter

Crystal Porter - a true native New Mexican! I have called the beautiful city of Albuquerque my home for the past 24 years.

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