Although the last of the snow may not yet have graced us with its final presence, there is no doubt that spring is in the air. As the weather begins to warm, there is no better time than now to do the following maintenance recommendations for your house:

Check all electrical outlets for loose-fitting plugs

Are the outlets in your bathroom and other rooms of the house loose at all? They are an indication of a worn out receptacle. Worn receptacles should be replaced as they cause overheating and fires. Also check electrical outlets and switches to be sure they work properly. If any switches, outlets, or receptacles do not work, have a qualified electrician determine the problem and fix it to avoid fires inside the walls of your home.

Make sure the light bulbs in all your fixtures are the correct wattage

The light fixture manufacturer recommends the correct wattage. If too high a wattage bulb is used in a light fixture, heat produced inside the fixture can lead to fire inside the fixture, ceiling, or wall.

Check your electrical system

Look for burn marks at the main electrical panel; they can be a sign of arcing inside the panel, which can easily lead to a fire. Loose connections or damaged insulation can cause the arcing.

Note: Only a qualified electrician should remove the front panel cover.

Replace or clean your furnace filter

It should be checked once a month and replaced or cleaned as needed. Some filters are reusable and are supposed to be taken out, washed with a hose, and re-inserted. A dirty filter can lower the efficiency of the heating/cooling system, increase heating costs, and cause fires.

Trip and reset the circuit breakers regularly

Remove any combustible materials such as paper boxes or flammable liquids from the area near the main electrical panel. Sparks caused by arcing inside the panel can ignite material stored nearby.

Always have a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible

Make sure it is Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed or Factory Mutual (FM) approved. Check the gauges to make sure they are charged and ready to use.

Since our entire spring maintenance checklist was long, we decided to break it up into two parts. Check out part 2 next week!

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