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Turns out, we’re more grasshopper than ant when it comes to spring chores

Monday, March 27, 2017by  Derek Wing

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As any Aesop's Fables fan knows, "it's best to prepare for the days of necessity."​

But like the grasshopper who chirped and sang while the ants industriously stored food for the winter, most of us would really rather use our warm-weather days for fun.

So says the latest PEMCO Poll, which asked homeowners how often they cleaned gutters, tested smoke alarms, and cleared winterkill grass and brush – three chores that loss-prevention experts say are spring must-dos.

The answer: Fewer than half of us for two out of the three.​

We're supposed to clean gutters at least twice a year (spring and fall) to avoid the wet basements, damaged siding, and rot or leaks at the roof's edge that clogged, overflowing gutters can bring. Only one-third of us actually do.

We fare a little better for testing smoke detectors, with 42% of us making sure "we can hear the beep where we sleep" at least twice a year.

We're the most diligent about clearing dead brush and grass – 61% of us tackle that at least twice a year. So that's good news for everyone looking to Firewise their property against the risk of wildfire.

The moral of our tale: While you're outdoors loving spring's warmer days, consider loving them with a bucket, rake, or weed whacker in your hand.

Read full results of the poll of 1,200 Washington and Oregon residents by Seattle's FBK Research. 

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