Summer is finally here! For many people that means keeping their homes cool, preparing for severe storms, cook-outs with friends, and swimming. Keep you and your family safe and cool this summer by following these helpful tips.
1. Replace Air Filters
As temperatures rise, you’ll be running your air conditioner more often. When more air is constantly running, there’s greater chances of dirt, pet hair dust, mold, and pollen collecting in the air filter. These pollutants can hinder your AC’s performance and recirculate in your air supply.
Changing out clogged air filters can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption and can help you avoid dirty coils and fans that can lead to a breakdown or dangerous overheating.
2. Clean Out Gutters
Summer is a great time of year to ensure your gutters are operating smoothly before severe storms drop a lot of water and blow leaves or debris into them. Get rid of those unwanted leaves and small limbs by flushing them out with a water hose or grab some gloves and get thorough!
Clogged gutters can cause an array of problems such as leaks, siding and insulation damage. The last thing you want to be worried about when a severe storm hits is whether your gutters are full.
3. Grill Safety Tips
Grilling is popular during the summer months when people often spend more time outdoors. Before starting up the grill, follow these steps to keep you and your family safe:
- Check for gas leaks regularly
- Clean the grill often to remove fat and grease buildup
- Keep the grill at least 10 feet away from structures
- Keep children away from the grill
- Never leave a grill that it’s in use unattended
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby
- If you use a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid
- Ensure sleeves ,shirts, and apron strings don’t dangle over the grill
4. Test Home Smoke Alarms
Even though most house fires occur in the winter, summer brings many risks due to outdoor cooking, fireworks, and lightning storms. Make sure each level of your home has a smoke alarm installed, especially in kitchens where fires are most likely.
Test your smoke alarms, change the batteries if needed, and give them a good dusting.
Smoke alarms save lives! Per the NFPA, Almost three out five deaths due to house fires don’t have working smoke alarms.
5. Proper Safety Near Water
A vast number of deaths during the summer time are due to drowning. If you and your family are planning on enjoying swimming related activities then stay in pairs and never leave children unattended without supervision. Make sure children that are unable to swim are wearing a safety floatation vest when near or in the water.
Be sure to follow the set rules for public pools and lakes. These guidelines are created to keep you and your family safe. Children should always be made aware of the rules before getting in the water.
6. Trim back Plants and Overhanging Tree Limbs
Check around your home for overgrown plants and overhanging tree limbs. Trim back plants and vegetation to ensure they are not blocking exhaust vents or air intakes. Cut down overhanging tree limbs that could potentially damage your home or vehicles during severe weather storms.