Review the contents of your medicine cabinets and throw away dated prescriptions and
over-the-counter medicines. Be sure all medicines are out of the reach of children or
contained in a cabinet equipped with childproof locks.
Celebrate spring by cleaning the garage. Hold a yard sale, or organize a community
yard sale with neighbors. Dispose of paint thinners, household cleaners and pesticides
properly. Contact your city’s department of public works to find out the next scheduled
collection of hazardous materials.
Clean the refrigerator, inside and out, with mild detergent. Remove all trays and
shelves, wash, and allow to dry thoroughly before replacing them. Remove old ice from
After heavy rains, inspect your basement walls for signs of moisture. If you detect
wetness, run a portable dehumidifier. If condition persists, consult a waterproofing
contractor. Check to make sure your sump pump works properly by pouring water into
the pump silo to raise the float and activate the motor.
Test the pressure and temperature relief valve on your water heater by opening it and
allowing some water to flow out. If little or no water flows out or it doesn’t shut off,
replace it. Bad valves can cause explosions.
Spring is a good time to build a doghouse. Make sure to provide adequate roof
ventilation to allow hot air to escape. And don’t use pressure-treated wood in any area
where your dog might chew it.
Daylight Savings Time begins. Honor the occasion by replacing batteries in smoke and
carbon monoxide detectors.