Spring has finally arrived in Hudson! Follow these fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association so you can safely tackle your spring cleaning list.
Follow Open Burn Regulations
It's almost that time of year for cozy evenings outside by the fire. If you're planning to enjoy an outdoor fire, make sure to follow Hudson's Open Burn Regulations. Certain outdoor fires, such as camp fires, bonfires, recreational fires, cooking fires, portable fire pits, and more are permitted in the City of Hudson, provided all required criteria are met. Read the full criteria here.
Properly Use and Store Gasoline
As you're preparing to use gas-powered lawn equipment this season, make sure you are properly using and storing your gasoline:
- Use gasoline only as motor fuel, never as a cleaner or to break down grease.
- Only store gasoline in approved containers.
- Never bring it indoors, even in small amounts.
- Make sure the container is tightly capped when not in use.
Inspect Grill Before Use
- Inspect your grill carefully and make sure it’s free of grease or fat buildup.
- Clean out any nests, spider webs, or other debris you may find.
- For propane grills, check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
- Learn more about Grilling Fire Safety here.
Clean Out Your Clothes Dryer
- Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe for your dryer is not restricted and that the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating.
- Move things that can burn, such as boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing, away from the dryer.
- Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances like gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents should be laid outside to dry, then can be washed and dried as usual.
- Learn more about Clothes Dryer Fire Safety here.
Check Your Smoke and CO Alarms
- Replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries and test them once a month.
- Gently clean the alarms, but make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions first.
- If detectors are over 10 years old, replace them.
Learn more about fire safety at NFPA.org.