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Fire department offers spring safety tips

Statement issued Tuesday:

FORT WAYNE, IND., April 12, 2011 - As the weather warms, citizens are turning their attention to in-home spring cleaning, as well as, outdoor projects and play. The Fort Wayne Fire Department says the risk of injury can be greatly reduced by following simple safety steps inside and outside the home.

•Fire is not the way to get rid of yard waste. Leaf burning and general yard waste burning is not permitted.

•Check play equipment for loose or exposed hardware, broken parts and stability before the children begin playing on outside toys and apparatus.

•When using ladders, check for safe and proper placement. Be aware of any obstructions- overhead wires and tree branches.

•Barbeque gas grills (including gas hoses) and propane tanks should be inspected prior to use.

•Rake before you mow to prevent any stones and loose debris from launching into the air.

•Never operate a mower in your bare feet and avoid wearing loose clothing.

•Use proper eye protection.

•Fill lawn mowers, motorbikes and power saws outside and only when the motor is cool.

•Store gasoline in a cool place away from the house in a detached garage or shed, and always in an approved safety can.

•Dispose of old cans of paint, thinners and accumulated newspapers and magazines. Check local newspapers for times and locations to drop off household hazardous materials.

Spring is a great time to assess your home’s fire prevention tools. Following these simple maintenance and prevention tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe.

•Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working.

•Be sure to change the batteries in all detectors annually. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every 10 years.

•Changing weather temperatures can cause windows and doors to stick. Windows should be checked to ensure they can open and close properly in case they are needed as exits.

•Conduct a fire drill. Review and practice your home escape plan.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department encourages you to enjoy the warmer weather. Celebrate spring-safely.

For more spring safety tips, visit our website at www.fortwaynefiredepartment.org or call Stacey Fleming at 427-1102.

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