Will Spring Cleaning Force You To Call 9-1-1?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 |

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While your parents may have paralleled cleanliness as telltale to other things, your Neighborhood Firefighters can say that getting your household clean will often - but not always - makes things safer.

Having seen many of our neighbors needlessly injured while performing seasonal chores, the Los Angeles Fire Department suggests you take a few simple steps to prepare for spring cleaning tasks.

It's easier - and more important than you think!

Like firefighters, we suggest you first consider the tools, training and logistics necessary to get the job done safely and efficiently.

While you may be tempted to use a cigarette lighter on a leaky pipe - or your least favorite screwdriver as a chisel, know that others once had the same thought... shortly before the LAFD arrived to extinguish their house fire or take them to the hospital.

So what do we suggest?

Your very first trip to the Do-It-Yourself Store should be for one or more of these items:

- Goggles or Safety Glasses
- Sturdy Leather Work Gloves
- Disposable Latex Gloves (for handling paints, pesticides, cleaners)
- Disposable Face Masks (for non-toxic dust)
- Earplugs or Earmuffs (for hearing protection)
- Sturdy Work Shoes with non-skid soles
- Knee or Elbow Pads
- Flashlight or Safety Lamp
- First Aid Kit
- Fire Extinguisher
- ...and Instructional Literature!

When it comes to tools, we suggest E-M-S: Examine, Maintain and properly Store. Now is the best time to find, clean and inspect your tools, as well as to store them and all of your household cleaning products safely.

Replacing a frayed power cord, retiring that once-favorite hammer with the loose handle, or locking caustic cleaners away from children is something you can do today. Now is also a good time to review the safety instructions and warning labels on gadgets, tools and household chemicals to be certain that you're always using the right product the right way. To learn more, visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Smokey Behr said...

Brian: Don't forget to add reading the labels on all chemicals that are used for cleaning, and to NEVER mix them with anything but water. Some cleaning chemicals, when mixed, can cause reactions that might be deadly; such as ammonia and bleach.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Smokey Behr,

Thanks for your comments - which were in our draft and have now been incorporated into the article above. Please have a great day, and make it a safe one!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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