Spruce up for spring safety

The days are getting longer – and spring is just around the corner. Consider adding these tasks to your spring to-do list while you’re cleaning out the closets.

Inspect your roof

Look for damaged or buckling shingles or tiles, and have them replaced.

Trim your trees

Prune tree limbs regularly to keep them away from your home, decks and outbuildings in case strong winds and precipitation cause them to break. If a tree is too close to your home, consider having it removed.

Clean out your gutters

Remove leaves, sticks and other debris so spring showers can flow freely. Make sure gutters are secure and downspouts drain away from your foundation.

Test wood on your home for water damage

Use a screwdriver to test for soft wood and repair or replace it as needed.

Check for appliance leaks

Look for signs of leakage around your washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, water heater and other appliances that use water.

Clean your dryer vent

Nearly 3,000 home dryer fires happen every year according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Cleaning dryer vents can prevent about a third of those fires. Make sure to clean your lint trap after every use.

For more information on auto, homeowners and other personal lines of insurance, contact your local AAA office.

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