Electric blankets can cause fires if not maintained or used properly.
Store your electric blanket flat to prevent overheating caused by damage to the internal wiring.
Keep electric blankets dry and do not use a hot water bottle together with an electric blanket. However, if the blanket gets wet, dry it thoroughly before switching it on again.
Do not fold or roll the electric blanket while it is turned on to prevent heat from building up in the wires and igniting.
If you want to use an electric blanket all night long, make sure that the blanket is equipped with thermostatic controls for safe use (a overheat protector will shut the power off if the blanket starts to overheat). If your blanket has no thermostatic controls, switch it off before going to sleep.
Smoke detectors are crucial as they will give you and your family the extra time necessary to safely escape from a fire.
The main smoke detector should be located between the bedrooms and the rest of the house, but closer to the bedrooms. Remember that closed doors offer partial protection against fire and smoke, but can also keep smoke from being detected.
Test and service your detector regularly and make sure it is working properly. If your detector fails to respond in an emergency, you will lose your first line of defense.
Consider installing a detector in every bedroom if bedroom doors are normally closed at night.
You may want to follow these steps while testing a smoke detector:
- Remove the detector from ceiling.
- Clean the exterior to remove dust.
- Replace batteries every six months.
- Test the detectors alarm response using approved smoke generator.
- Replace any malfunctioning detectors.
Be extremely careful with portable heaters. Be cautious and do not trap electric cords against walls where heat may build up. Be sure to use tested and approved heaters Especially during winter, make sure that there are no overloaded outlets and extension cords.
Keep linens, clothes, curtains and other combustible items three feet away from the heater. Bedrooms are the most common rooms in the home where electrical fires start. Do not place them too close to combustible items.
Unattended candles or cigarettes are dangerous as they need just a light breeze to set a fire. Make sure to keep candles away from curtains, drapes and bedding. Do not use candles as nightlights.
Do not smoke in bed. Use a proper ashtray and make sure to put your cigarette out completely.