Your bedroom is probably one of your favorite places in the house and you probably don't want to let it get burned up by a fire. Check out the tips below to learn how to keep your bedroom fire safe.
Having a heater in your bedroom is a good thing because it can keep you warm. It can also be disastrous if you don't take care of it properly. If you have a heater in your bedroom, keep everything at least three feet away from it. Paper and even things like socks and other clothes could be a fire hazard if you leave them too close to your heater. When your heater is on, it will heat up all the things close by it and make them really hot. Be very careful with your heater. Check the other heaters in your house and make sure that they have a three foot clearance in front of them, too. Having things in front of your heaters could be a big fire hazard.
It is very dangerous to smoke in bed because if you fall asleep then your cigarette could fall on the covers and cause a fire to start. If your parents or anyone else you know smokes in bed, you should respectfully tell them that it could cause a fire. It is a very dangerous thing to do.
Make sure your dresser, bed, and other large pieces of furniture are out of the way of doorways and windows. You don't want to have to take time to move them when there is a fire!
You probably never heard of a TV fire, so you are probably thinking, "There is no such thing," but really there is such a thing and I am going to try to teach you how to prevent it from happening in your home.
You should never set anything such as flowers, cards, or any other kind of decoration on your TV. There needs to be room for the air to circulate around your TV. As the TV works, it gets hot and the heat around it needs room to circulate. Putting your TV in a cupboard or shelf is not a good idea unless there is plenty of room for the air to circulate around the TV. If you are away on vacation, or if there is a storm, unplug the electrical cords and antenna of your TV as well as those of your radio and other audio-visual appliances. Be sure that the plugs are unencumbered and easily accessible.
If your TV explodes, unplug it quickly. Then, if there are any flames, put them out with your fire extinguisher. You shouldn't have your TV near curtains or other fabric because if the TV explodes, it could catch the curtains on fire, too. The fire could become very big in a matter of seconds. Make sure that your TV is fire safe and if you notice that your friend's family TV is not fire safe, teach them what you have learned and help them make their TV fire safe as well.
Another thing that you should do is keep your bedroom door closed at night. That way, if there is a fire, it will take the fire longer to get into your bedroom. It will give you more time to figure out how to get out, but you still need to hurry. Don't waste time throwing your favorite things out the window or anything like that. Get yourself out of the house as fast as you possibly can. You can always buy new things, but you can't buy a new life. Your life is a lot more important than your toys.
If there is a fire in your house, get out as fast as you can. Feel your bedroom door to see if it is hot. If it is hot, find a different way out. If it isn't hot, then open the door slowly. If it is safe, leave your room and close the door behind you to slow down the fire. If the smoke and flames are thick in the hallway, slam the door quickly and go out a different way.
There should be at least two different ways out of every room. If your door is hot, go to the window. Open the window. Don't waste time trying to take the screen out. Instead punch a hole in it or hit it with something in your room. Get out as fast as you can.
Once outside, go to the previously agreed upon meeting place. Once two people are at the meeting place, one should go to a neighbor's house to call the fire department while the other stays and waits for the rest of the family. Don't go back into the house for anything. If family members or pets are still inside, notify the fire fighters.
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