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How to Practice Spring Cleaning Safety

Keep yourself and your family safe by practicing spring cleaning safety.


  • Step 1: Opt for nontoxic cleaners Opt for nontoxic cleaning products such as water and vinegar. Vinegar is inexpensive and can be used for a number of household cleaning projects.
  • Step 2: Check for recalled children products Check for recalled children products at
  • Step 3: Keep cleaners away from heat Make sure flammable liquids such as paint thinner, gasoline, and other cleaners are kept far away from any heat source.
  • TIP: Make sure the safety caps are secure on all cleaning products.
  • Step 4: Post phone number Post the poison help line, police, fire department, and your doctor's phone number near all your phones in case of emergency.
  • Step 5: Check smoke detector manual Check your smoke detector manual for any spring cleaning maintenance. Batteries should be replaced once a year in smoke detectors.
  • Step 6: Cleanup fire hazards Cleanup old rags, debris, and loose papers that can contribute to a fire.
  • TIP: Store matches, candles, and lighters away from the reach of children.
  • Step 7: Keep your family safe Keep your family safe by checking for sharp edges, tripping hazards, and poisonous plants around your yard. Practice an escape plan in case of an emergency.
  • FACT: Chlorine gas was used as a chemical weapon in World War I.

You Will Need

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Internet access
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Working smoke detector
  • Escape plan

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