Pennsylvania's State Fire Commissioner is offering safety tips as spring arrives.

“Winter can be tough on a home and those that live in it, but don’t let that excitement get in the way of making smart decisions about fire safety,” Fire Commissioner Trego said. “Spring is a great time to start thinking about the necessary precautions one should be taking around and outside the home to protect against fire-related hazards and the dangers of house fires.”

Inside the home

  • Test your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Discontinue the use of any electrical appliances with frayed cords, and make sure they are not extended under rugs or other flammable materials. 
  • Water often leaks into homes during the winter months; it is a good idea to check for water around electrical appliances as well.
  • Take a moment to inspect the lint trap and exhaust duct of the clothes dryer for debris.

Outside the home

  • Remove dead leaves and other flammable debris from around foundations and from under decks, porches or stairs.
  • Outdoor work areas such as garages and tool sheds should be kept organized, and flammable materials should be stored in fire-rated containers away from children
  • Grills should be checked for rust, insects, spiders, grease and other debris before use.
  • Worn gas hoses should be replaced.
  • Never grill indoors, in a garage, breezeway or carport.  Grills should only be used 10 feet away from your house or any building.