Bedroom Fire Safety
Overloading Extension Cords
Overloading Extension Cords too close to the Mattress
Portable Space Heater too close to the Wall
Bedrooms are a common area of fire origin. Nearly 600 lives are lost to fires that start in bedrooms each year. Many of these fires are caused by misuse or poor maintenance of electrical devices, such as: overloading extensions cords, using portable space heaters too close to combustibles.
Many other bedroom fires are caused by children who play with matches and lighters, careless smoking among adults, and arson.
Never smoke in bed.
Replace mattresses made before the 2007 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Mattresses made since then are required by law to be safer.
Kids and Fire: A Bad Match
Teach your children fire-safety basics at home, can save their lives. If there was a fire at home, it's important never to hide, get out fast. Stay low to the floor when escaping a fire.
Children are one of the highest risk groups for deaths in residential fires. At home, children usually play with fire-lighters, matches and ignitables - in bedrooms, in closets, and under beds. These are "secrets" places where there are a lot of things that can catch fire easily.
- Children of all ages set over 35,000 fires annualy
- Every year over 400 children 9 years and younger die in home fires.
- Keep matches and ligthers locked up and away from children.
- Check beds and in closets for burnt matches, evidence your child may be is playing with matches.
Teach you child that fire is a tool, not a toy
Appliances Need Special Attention
Bedrooms are the most common room in the house where electrical fires start. Electrical fires are a special concern during winter months which call for more indoor activities and increases in lighting, heating, and appliance use.
- Do not trap electric cords against wall where heat can build up
- Take extacare when using portable heaters. Keep bedding clothes, curtains and other combustible items at least three feet away from space heaters.
- Only use lab-approved electric blankets and warmers, Check to make the cords are not frayed
Having working smoke alarms dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire.
Place at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home and in halls outside bedrooms. Practice a home escape plan.