We spend almost a third of each day in our bedrooms. This is why it's important to make sure your bedroom is just as safe as any other room in your house. We've put together safety tips to keep your home and family safe.
- Avoid keeping large piles of clothing on the floor of your bedroom. This could act as kindling if a fire breaks out and it could block your emergency exit.
- Reduce the risk of fires and electrocution in bedrooms by performing routine electrical safety checks of lighting fixtures, computers, space heaters, TVs, and ceiling fans.
- Use the correct bulb wattage in each lighting fixture.
- Check that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order and are placed outside all sleeping areas and on every level of the house.
- Turn off all electronics and lights when leaving the room.
- Clean the areas around vents and ceiling fan; check that screws are tightened.
- Plug window unit air conditioners into their own dedicated circuits.
- Place space heaters at least three feet from any wall, furniture, or fabric. (And do not go to sleep while they are on!)
- Avoid resting electrical cords under rugs or furniture. This also includes having your phone charger under your pillow and blankets at night.
- Inspect cords to be sure they are not being pinched by heavy furniture, such as beds or dressers, which can damage the cord’s insulation.
- Replace the cords of all electronic devices, including TVs, computers, and mobile device chargers if frayed or cracked.
- Purchase devices with automatic shut-off features as an extra safety precaution for items used in your bedroom.
For more safety tips for other rooms or your house, visit our safety blog at nremc.com/blog.