7 Steps to Practice Spring Cleaning Safely


Spring has finally arrived! Here are some quick and easy steps to keep you and your family safe through the yearly process of Spring cleaning.

How to Practice Spring Cleaning Safety

Step 1: Opt for nontoxic cleaners
Opt for nontoxic cleaning products such as water and vinegar. Vinegar is inexpensive and can be used for a number of household cleaning projects.

Step 2: Check for recalled children products

Check for recalled children products at recalls.gov.

Step 3: Keep cleaners away from heat
Make sure flammable liquids such as paint thinner, gasoline, and other cleaners are kept far away from any heat source.

Step 4: Post phone number
Post the poison help line, police, fire department, and your doctor's phone number near all your phones in case of emergency.

Step 5: Check smoke detector manual
Check your smoke detector manual for any spring cleaning maintenance. Batteries should be replaced once a year in smoke detectors.

Step 6: Cleanup fire hazards

Cleanup old rags, debris, and loose papers that can contribute to a fire.

Additional safety tip: Store matches, candles, and lighters away from the reach of children.

Step 7: Keep your family safe
Keep your family safe by checking for sharp edges, tripping hazards, and poisonous plants around your yard. Practice an escape plan in case of an emergency.