If you own a cabin, spring means additional clean up and preparation, such as putting out the dock and airing the place out.  One thing you should add to your to-do list is checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

When it comes to spring clean up, we often hear about composting over burning to prevent fires from spreading as well as burning restrictions across the Northland.  One thing that can get overlooked is working detectors inside.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety suggests having one carbon monoxide one smoke alarm outside of every sleeping area, and on every level.  You should also develop and practice a fire escape plan for the cabin.

You don't spend as much time at your cabin as your home, so the layout can be a bit unfamiliar, especially in an emergency when smoke, darkness and adrenaline would be involved.  Therefore, having an escape plan and practicing it with family and visitors is a terrific idea.

Of course, the hope is that you'll never need to utilize your escape plan and that you'll simply have to replace the batteries in your detectors and that they never go off.  However, it's never a bad idea to error on the side of caution.