Spring cleaning and spring maintenance tips go hand in hand. Take a cue from the tips below and spruce up your gutters as you spruce up your rose garden.

  • Inspect your smoke detectors, and make sure that there is one on each floor of your home. Test them monthly, and change the batteries annually. ­
  • Check the light bulbs in all your fixtures to be sure they are the correct wattage as recommended by the manufacturer. ­
  • Replace all high-intensity bulbs (such as incandescent) with fluorescent bulbs that do not produce as much heat. ­ Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Be sure not to overload electrical outlets, fuse boxes or extension cords. ­
  • Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible, filled and ready for operation. ­ Have your air conditioning system inspected by a professional. ­
  • Check for damage to your roof, and clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating. ­ Check water heater for leaks and corrosion. ­
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter. ­
  • Clean the dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust, and dirt. ­
  • Remove all dead trees and keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires. ­
  • Safely store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area. ­
  • Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walkways to provide a level walking surface.

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