Muskoka’s emergency officials want you to keep fire safety in mind during your spring cleanup.

Speaking on behalf of Muskoka’s Fire Prevention Officers, Muskoka Lakes Officer Douglas Holland says there are a few chores you can do to help protect your home from a potential fire. He says to make sure to clear out your eavestroughs and check under your deck for dried pine needle piles. Pine needles are considered a fire accelerant, which means they can help a fire spread and grow quickly. Holland also suggests trimming trees and bushes and gathering up any stray branches or leaves.

He says rather than burning, consider taking your collected debris to a local landfill where it can be used for compost.