Remember fire safety during your spring cleanup

Posted On Tuesday March 16, 2021

Spring-cleaning can seem like a daunting assignment, but a few tasks on the list can help eliminate potential fire hazards to your home. 

“As residents embark on their annual spring cleanup, we encourage them to remember fire safety,” says Waterloo Fire Chief Richard Hepditch. “Following these tips will help reduce the chances of a fire starting inside or outside of your home.” 

Beyond the usual tasks such as eliminating unused items, cleaning the garage and gardening, remember these areas to help keep your home fire safe:


  • Check and clean filters above stove and pull refrigerator out and vacuum or dust the coils.
  • Always keep stairs and landings clear for safe evacuation in the event of an emergency.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms; make sure they operate properly and change the batteries once a year. Make sure to replace them before they expire, as they are usually good on average for 10 years.
  • Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.
  • Make sure you have a home escape plan for your family and that you practice it. Always have two ways out of every room in the home.
  • Perform this three-step safety check before you use your barbecue for the first time:
    • Clean: use a pipe cleaner or wire to make sure the burner ports are free of rust, dust, dirt, spider webs or other debris.
    • Check: examine the hose leading from the fuel supply to the burners. Replace if cracked or damaged.
    • Test: find leaks by applying a 50/50 solution of water and dish soap to all fuel and hose connections. If bubbles appear, tighten the connections and/or replace the damaged parts. Always re-test.
  • Never store propane cylinders indoors.
  • Ensure the address number at the front of the house is clearly visible from the street.


For more information about fire and life safety, please visit us online at or follow us on Twitter @Waterloo_Fire.


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For more information,

John Percy                                                                           

Public Education Officer    

Waterloo Fire Rescue                                            

P: 519-884-6030, ext. 23309                                                        

TTY: 1-866-786-3941                          


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