Column: A checklist from Oak Bay Fire to help you spring into safety

Capt. Rob Kivell is the Oak Bay Fire Department’s fire prevention officer

Spring is a good time to inspect and check items in and around your home to ensure everything is in tip-top shape from a safety perspective. Here are a few seasonal reminders:

Check cleaning supplies. Look for leaking containers and dispose of what is no longer used or needed at a hazardous waste distribution centre.

Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Replace batteries and test.

Visually inspect electrical cords and outlets. Replace cords if worn or damaged. Contact a licensed electrical contractor to check loose-fitting outlets.

Maintain air conditioner. Make an appointment with a qualified technician to perform safe and proper maintenance work for your specific unit.

Clean eaves troughs thoroughly. Use a sturdy and reliable ladder and rubber gloves.

Clean and check BBQ. Clean burner ports and tubes and test for hose leaks with a 50/50 water/soap solution.

Store fuel and other combustibles outside. Keep them in a well-ventilated shed or detached garage and away from direct sunlight and other heat sources.

Check recreational equipment. Make sure all playground equipment, bikes, skateboards, etc. are in safe working condition for family use.

Call before you dig. Before starting a garden or outdoor home renovation, contact your local utility to quickly and easily get your underground utility lines marked to avoid pipeline damage

For more information please call the Oak Bay Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Division (250)-592-9121.

Capt. Rob Kivell is the Oak Bay Fire Department’s fire prevention officer.

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