Electrical safety is the number 3 cause of home fires in Tasmania and many house fire start in the bedroom.

Electric Blankets

  • Switch off before getting into bed.
  • Switch off when not at home.
  • Keep blanket flat and tied firmly to the bed.
  • Never use if wet, soiled or creased.
  • Do not use a hot water bottle and an electric blanket together.
  • Do not place heavy objects on an electric blanket if switched on.
  • Never fold if storing, as you may damage the wiring.

Replace your blanket if it shows any of the following danger signs

  • Frayed or worn fabric or scorch marks.
  • Exposed elements.
  • Creasing or folding.
  • Soiling/damp patches.
  • Tie tapes damaged or missing.
  • Damaged electrical cord, plug or controller.

As a final check, switch onto high for 10 - 15 minutes.

Run your hand over the blanket to check for hot spots which indicate that the elements may be damaged.

General

  • Don’t smoke in bed.
  • Light globes are hot.
  • Fit bedside lamps with a compact fluorescent bulb.
  • Don’t put material over the lamp.

Smoke alarms

Install a smoke alarm in every bedroom

  • You should install a photoelectric smoke alarm in each sleeping area (bedroom) hallway living area and the top of stairways in a multi-level home. Smoke alarms should be supported by a home fire escape plan.
  • Test alarms monthly.
  • Vacuum dust from alarms every six months.
  • Replace batteries once a year. Some alarms have 10 year lithium batteries that do not need replacing every year.
  • Mains powered smoke alarms also have back-up batteries - check with the manufacturer if your model has batteries that need to be replaced regularly, or whether it has a re-chargeable battery.
  • Young children are likely to sleep through the sound of a smoke alarm, so you must alert them to a fire and help them escape to safety.

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