When it’s time for spring cleaning, remember a clean house is a safer house. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds you that trash, boxes, piles of clothes and other combustibles in the home are fuel for a fire.Getting rid of them will help reduce the chance of a fire in your home.

Clean out storage areas such as garages, attics, closets, sheds and basements on a regular basis. Even warehouses are limited to the amount of storage they can safely keep. Don’t allow areas in your home to become tempting for a fire. Throw away, recycle, or giveaway items you are no longer using. Clutter gives fire a place to start and creates obstacles that might prevent you from escaping safely.

Oily rags can ignite without a heat source due to spontaneous combustion. Store them ina closed metal container. This includes dusting rags used with furniture polish or oils for spring cleaning.The Santa Barbara County Fire Department suggests you clean out storage areas on a regular basis. Don’t give fire a chance to start. A clean house is a safer house


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