Fire Safety Tips for Bedrooms
The following precautions will help you to reduce the risk of fire in your bedroom:
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In your bedroom
- Never smoke in the bedroom – You risk falling asleep with the cigarette still lit.
- Don’t charge mobile phones, tablets or e-cigarettes while you sleep.
- Never cover a device with a pillow or blanket while charging. We have advice on charging here Chargers - Charging your devices safely | Dublin City Council
- Check electric blankets regularly for wear and damage, and ensure they are used according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Candles should be put in a proper holder that won't fall over. They need to be put on a heat-resistant surface. Candles should not be left unattended in a room.
- Have a torch or flashlight near your bed for light in case of an emergency.
- Hair straighteners, curling tongs and hair dryers can start fires. Get in to a habit of unplugging them, not just switching them off.
- Never cover bulbs with material.
- Use energy saving low heat bulbs. Exposed bulbs give off a lot of heat.
- Keep vanity mirrors or crystals out of direct sunlight, remembering that the sun will move across the sky during the day.
- Keep pressurised cans such as deodorant sprays out of direct sunlight, or away from any heat source such as radiators.
- If you use a supplementary heater ensure it is kept away from flammable materials.
- Can you hear your home’s Smoke Alarm through a closed door, if not consider installing one in your room.
- Is there a boiler in your bedroom? If so, you should have a Carbon Monoxide alarm fitted.
- Do you have an escape plan from your bedroom should access to your homes exit doors become blocked by fore or smoke? We have advice on making an evacuation plan here Make an Evacuation Plan | Dublin City Council
Before going to bed
- Switch off and unplug all unnecessary appliances.
- Ensure that all doors in your home are closed. Doing this will help prevent the spread of smoke and fire.