9 Important Winter Fire Safety Tips
Tips To Keep You Safe All Winter Long
Winter can be a dangerous, not just outside with all the ice and snow that can happen. Inside the house there can be special hazards too. This is just a small list of the winter hazards that you may encounter and want to look out for throughout your home.
Cords and Plugs
You'll want to be mindful of the cords, plugs and switches though out your home. This is the time of year when you pull out the electric blanket or the space heater out of storage. They've been sitting in the same spot all year out of the way. They may have been chewed on by many little bugs or rodents over the year without you knowing. You'll want to check the cord for any fraying. If there is some frayed areas you will want to replace the object rather than risk a short. Or you can also try and have the cord repaired by a professional who knows what they are doing.
Next you'll want to check your wall outlets. Since you are going to be spending more time indoors with your small children. This means they are going to be going around the house exploring. Wall outlets are a hazard to curious children. You'll want to child proof all the wall outlets that your child can reach. This child-proofing equipment can be found at any hardware or local electrical store.
Another word of advice is that you don't want to overload the plugs that you do use. This time of year with all the extra appliances being used, weather for entertainment or for keeping warm people have a tendency to overload a plug. Rather than piggy back the cords use a power board with a turn off switch. Only use one power board per outlet. When unplugging an appliance never use the cord to pull it out, always pull from the plug.
Winter is a great time to test your safety switch. Just press the "T" button in your meter box. Remember whenever you have a light switch installed or wired have it done by a professional, even for small jobs.
A common appliance that is used during these cold winter months is the electric blanket. While it can be a blessing on cold nights you will want to follow some guidelines about being safe with the blanket. Replace electric blankets that are older than ten years. They've lived a good life, time to put them into retirement. Turn the blanket off when not in use and before falling asleep. This lessens the chance of burning yourself while sleeping or burning something else. Always read the safety and instruction manual.
Another common appliance is the space heater. With this you do not want to use an extension cord, no matter how tempting it may be. This could easily overheat and cause a fire. Keep combustible things away from the heater. The last thing you want during the winter is your house to burn down. Do not use these heaters in areas of the house that are going to be damp or humid, such as the bathroom.
Anywhere in the house where there are electric appliances and humidity or water there is a greater chance of being shocked. In order to take some steps to cut your chances of this happening you'll want to wear rubber soled shoes. This insulates you so that the electricity cannot get to you. Don't touch an appliance with wet hands, this is rule number one! And keep your appliances away from splashing water areas, this will help keep your other rules in check.
If you want to have your bathroom warm and heated during the winter it is best to have a fixed heater installed. Any heated towel racks need to be installed correctly to avoid any incidents of shocking or burning things.
And last but not least make sure you keep your dryer in tip top shape. Read the safety and instruction manual and follow the rules. Also make sure that you clean the lint trap regularly in order to avoid any chance of fire.
These are just a few things that you can do to help keep you safe when you are in doors during this winter. Just use some common sense and follow these tips and you are sure to live to see another spring!
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