Stay Safe as You Stay Warm
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.
- 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.