Some very helpful safety tips I recently found on the NAPS website

Here there are just few of them, which look to me to be very useful.

1. Take a close look at your deck: Wooden decks can become damaged and corroded from the heavy rain or snow. See if nails or screws are popping up. Clean the deck and seal it.

2. Periodically check electrical outlets and extension cords. Replace any loose fitting plugs or frayed extension cords to prevent a fire hazard.

3. “De-grease” the garage: If the family car has been leaking oil or other fluids onto the garage for some time, now is a time to clean it up. A greasy garage floor is slippery and potentially a fire hazard. Use nontoxic, nonflammable biodegradable de-greasers such as Simple Green. Pour the concentrate on liberally and scrub with a nylon brush. Cover the area with about an inch of kitty litter and let it sit for 24 hours. Sweep away the kitty litter for a clean floor at low cost.

4. Improve the yard with size in mind: Look to see how plants and trees have grown during the past. They may be too large and could cause damage to the home’s structure. Leave enough space between the house and those baby shrubs you’re planting to allow 12” between the plant and wall. This provides adequate ventilation and reduces the risk of future damage.

5. Don’t forget to clean the A/C: Use your garden hose to rinse off the evaporator coil fins on your A/C condenser unit.

6. Check the garage door: The garage door can weigh up to 400 pounds. Springs and balancing mechanisms can fail over time which can cause great damage to the door and harm to people around it. It’s always a good idea to get a complete home inspection from a reputable and established company.

7. Inspect smoke, radon and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them and change the battery every three months or as needed. Be certain there is a detector on each floor of the home.

Enjoy your home and be safe!

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