Stay safe during spring cleaning

March 10, 2011 - 0:0

Cleaning your home to a sparkling shine is a good way to kick off spring. But don't forget to think about safety.

The Home Safety Council offers these safe-cleaning suggestions:
Keep stairs and floors clear of clutter, even while cleaning.
Don't carry loads that are too big to see over. If you're using stairs, leave one hand empty so you can hold onto a rail.
Don't allow young children to play near any bucket, especially a large one. It may pose a drowning danger.
Wear protective equipment, such as a mask and gloves, when working with harsh chemicals. Never mix cleaning products together.
Use caution when handling products marked as dangerous or poisonous. Always lock these away safely when not in use.
Store toys, cords or any other tripping hazards out of the way.
Use a stepladder or ladder to reach high places. Follow safety instructions when on a ladder to prevent falls.
Never use gasoline as a cleaning product, and never store it inside the home. A simple spark can ignite even gasoline vapors. (HealthDay News)