10 Ways to Sleep Safe
Most residential fires occur at night while people are sleeping. Here are some bedroom safety tips:
- Never smoke in bed. The risk of falling asleep while smoking is too great.
- Do not leave children unsupervised. Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet.
- Do not place portable heaters within three feet of the bed or other flammable materials, or use them to dry clothes.
- Do not leave heaters unattended or go to sleep while they are on. Don’t use extension cords with them, and unplug them after your turn them off.
- Don’t run electrical cords over or under the bed, or trap them between the bed and the wall, where heat could build up.
- Never place heat-producing appliances (such as electric curlers) on a bed.
- Use only electric blankets listed by a testing laboratory.
- Discard any mattress made before 1973, when the Federal Mattress Flammability Standard went into effect.
- Install and maintain smoke detectors on every floor of your house – including near the bedrooms, or even in bedrooms, and away from air vents. And, sleep with your bedroom door closed.
- Plan and practice bedroom fire escape routes.