Where’d Spring go? Summer has almost arrived and your thoughts may be on that dreaded ritual of spring cleaning which is passing. With it comes a timely reminder to keep your home safe from the threat of fire. In an effort to make this "Spring Cleaning" a fire safe one, The Gallup Fire Department would like to provide the following safety tips:
- Clean your garage of stored newspapers or other rubbish that can fuel a fire.
- Test your smoke alarms monthly.
- To help prevent nuisance alarms, gently vacuum your smoke alarm every six months or as needed.
- Change batteries in smoke alarms, flashlights and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Never borrow smoke alarm batteries to use for toys or other equipment.
- Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years or as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Keep outdoor debris or dead vegetation away from the house.
- Properly dispose of oily or greasy rags. If these items must be stored, they should be kept in labeled, sealed, metal containers.
- If you store gasoline, keep it outside your home in a shed or detached garage. Keep only small quantities in tightly sealed containers. Use gasoline only as a motor fuel - never as a cleaning agent.
- Use outdoor barbecue grills with caution. Place in a safe area away from buildings, windows, heating, ventilation and air conditioning units or places with high/dead vegetation.
- Never use gasoline to start a fire, and don’t add charcoal lighter fluid once the fire has started.
- Use barbecue grills outside only - not under overhangs or balconies, and away from combustibles.
- Check your propane barbecue grill hose for leaks and cracks; never store propane indoors.
If you have any questions or would like clarification on any fire safety tips please call the Fire Prevention Office at 505-726-5448.