Bedroom Fire Safety Helps You
Sleep Soundly at Night: A Factsheet on Bedroom Fire Prevention
Each year, fire claims the
lives of 4,000 Americans and injures more than 25,000. Bedrooms are a common
area of fire origin. Nearly 1,000 lives are lost to fires that start in
bedrooms. Many of these fires are caused by misuse or poor maintenance
of electrical devices, such as overloading extension cords or using portable
space heaters too close to combustibles. Many other bedroom fires are caused
by children who play with matches and lighters, careless smoking among
adults, and arson.
The Haworth Volunteer Fire
Department, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the Sleep
Products Safety Council (SPSC) would like you to know that there are simple
steps you can take to prevent the loss of life and property resulting from
Kids and Fire: A Bad
Children are one of the
highest risk groups for deaths in residential fires. At home, children
usually play with fire - lighters, matches and other ignitables - in bedrooms,
in closets, and under beds. These are "secret" places where there are a
lot of things that catch fire easily.
Appliances Need Special
Children of all ages set over
100,000 fires annually. Over 30% of fires that kill children are set by
children playing with fire.
Every year over 800 children
nine years and younger die in home fires.
Keep matches and lighters locked
up and away from children. Check under beds and in closets for burnt matches,
evidence your child may be playing with matches.
Teach your child that fire
is a tool, not a toy.
Bedrooms are the most common
room in the home where electrical fires start. Electrical fires are a special
concern during winter months which call for more indoor activities and
increases in lighting, heating, and appliance use.
Tuck Yourself In For A Safe
Do not trap electric cords
against walls where heat can build up.
Take extra care when using
portable heaters. Keep bedding, clothes, curtains and other combustible
items at least three feet away from space heaters.
Only use lab-approved electric
blankets and warmers. Check to make sure the cords are not frayed.
Finally, having working smoke
alarms dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. Place at
least one smoke alarm on each level of your home and in halls outside bedrooms.
And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.
Never smoke in bed.
Replace mattresses made before
the 1973 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Mattresses made since
then are required by law to be safer.