Space heaters and other forms of alternative heating can be a helpful way to keep homes warmer during the winter, but they can also be extremely dangerous. Follow these safety tips:
- Keep at least three feet of space between a space heater and other objects at all times.
- Only one space heater should be plugged into each electrical outlet.
- Appliances such as ovens should never be used for heating because they can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Any alternative-heating source needs to be turned off before you go to bed or leave the home.
Across the United States, fire departments respond to more than 470 residential cooking fires each day. Practicing cooking safety can be the difference between a finished meal and a fire:
- Never leave the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food.
- Move items away from the stovetop that could catch fire such as oven mitts, utensils, towels and food packages.
- Never operate a stovetop or stove when drowsy or after consuming alcohol.
- Deep fryers should never be used on wooden decks or in garages, and meat must be completely thawed before being placed in a deep fryer.
During a fire, the situation can become life-threatening in less than two minutes, making every second valuable. Escaping a fire quickly and safely should be everyone’s main priority. Prepare yourself in the event of a fire:
- Identify two ways out of every room and practice escaping from each room during the day and night.
- Close doors to keep the fire from spreading.
- Never go back into a fire to save people or pets. Instead, prepare to alert firefighters about individuals still inside.
- Make sure everyone in the household knows when and how to call emergency telephone numbers.