After the kitchen, the next part of the house to focus your fire safety efforts on is the bedrooms. Many fires that destroy homes begin in bedrooms, so extra attention is required here. Of course, we’ve already covered it, but it can’t be stressed strongly enough to never smoke in bed, no matter how wide awake you think you are. All it takes is nodding off one time to burn the house down. In fact, you should never smoke while laying down anywhere.
Do you use candles in your bedroom? If so, extinguish them before you go to bed, as it’s too easy to fall asleep in candlelight, and you don’t want a candle burning while you’re asleep. If you use candles in the bedroom, or any other room of the house for that matter, make sure that there’s nothing flammable they can come in contact with. Curtains and drapes are one big concern – candles should never be placed anywhere near them, as they can ignite and cause a raging fire in no time. If you have a window open, be certain that the wind can’t blow the drape or curtain near the candle.
Another common bedroom risk in many areas of the country is space heaters. If you use one, be extra vigilant about fire safety. They can make us much more comfortable in cold weather, but people tend to forget just how hot they actually are. You’ll want to keep them away from the bed, so that bed covers don’t come in contact with them. You’ll also need to make it a habit to never lay anything on top of them, or close to them, even for a brief period. They have tremendous amounts of heat, and it wouldn’t take long for one of them to ignite paper or cloth. Another popular bedroom item that’s very helpful but also presents a serious fire hazard is electric blankets. If you use one, make sure you follow all manufacturers’ instructions. Misuse can be deadly.
Also, electric blankets that are worn, either on the fabric itself, the heating element, or the cord, should be discarded. If you toss and turn a lot, you’ll need to make sure your bed isn’t against a wall, as an electric blanket can get wedged between the bed and wall, building dangerous heat levels, and leading to a fire. You should also not have any cords for any appliances running under your bed. Ideally, any alarm clocks on night stands should be battery operated or wind up models, but if you use an electric one, make sure your arm can’t get tangled in the cord and pull it from the wall. The same goes for reading lamps on night stands. You should also check the windows of bedrooms to make sure they’re not painted shut, and can be easily opened in case of fire. If the bedroom is on an upper floor, there should be a fire escape ladder kept very close at all times. Taking these simple precautions can enable you to sleep soundly, knowing you’ve done your part to keep your bedroom safe from fire.
SHORTCUTS TO FIRE SAFETY ARTICLES:
Fire Safety and Electrical Appliances
Basic Smoke Detector Information
Types of Smoke Detectors
Basic Fire Extinguisher Information
Causes of Fires
Tips for Safe Use of Lighters and Matches
Explaining Fire Safety Rules to Children
The Importance of Fire Drills and Escape Plans
Kitchen Fire Prevention
Bedroom Fire Safety
Fire Safety Tips
Fireplace and Chimney Safety
Holiday Safety Tips
Miscellaneous Fire Safety Tips
EMT Test Practice Questions