Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, is October 4-10, 2015 with the theme “Hear the Beep Where you Sleep” to remind you that every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. In addition to functioning smoke alarms, there are many safe practices that can help prevent fires and promote electrical safety through your home.

Follow these tips to keep your bedroom safe from electrical and fire danger:

  • Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs) should be installed in all bedrooms.  This device allows only plugs to be inserted while preventing access to foreign objects, like hairpins.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep.
  • If using a heating pad or electric blanket, do not place anything on top of them and don’t leave them on unattended or while sleeping.
  • Do not sleep with devices that are charging, such as phones, under your pillow.
  • Never wrap or bundle cords together.  This prevents the heat from dissipating, leading to a fire hazard.