Stay Safe as You Stay Warm

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The Plainfield Township Fire Department and National Fire Protection Association have tips for how to heat your home safely as temperatures continue to drop.

Many people use a variety of methods to keep their homes warm, such as space heaters, electric blankets and fireplaces. Here are some tips when using these items:

Space Heater Safety

  • Keep objects at least 3 feet from a space heater to prevent them from catching fire. This includes rugs, curtains and other flammable materials.
  • Place portable heaters in a low-traffic area where people will not be in danger of tripping over them.
  • Replace any heater that does not have a thermostat or built-in protection from overturning.
  • Unplug the space heater before leaving your home.

Fireplace Safety

  • Have a professional check your chimney annually for problems.
  • Keep the area near the fireplace and hearth clear of combustible materials such as wood, books and loose paper.
  • Do not leave the fire unattended.
  • Always use a screen around the fireplace to keep kids and pets safe.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving or going to bed.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector near the fireplace. 

Electric Blanket Safety

  • If the blanket gets wet, do not turn it on to dry it.
  • When not in use, roll the blanket rather than fold it to ensure the wires do not get damaged.
  • Discontinue use if wires are poking out of the material, the fabric is unraveling or burnt patches of fabric are visible.
  • Replace electric blankets every 10 years or as recommended by the manufacturer.

More safety tips to keep in mind this fall and winter can be found here or at NFPA.org.