Never leave synthetic fabrics, plastics, rubber or foam in the dryer for longer than the manufacturer's recommended time. Clean the lint screen before and after use. Keep the immediate area free of combustibles. Dryers must be vented to outside and plugged into their own outlet.
Electric Blankets, Heating Pads
Never fold or roll an electric blanket. Heat will build up on wires, igniting the blanket and the rest of the bed. Unplug and store flat when not in use. Don’t leave a heating pad on for more than 30 minutes. Never fall asleep with it on. Set your alarm clock to awaken you in 30 minutes, if necessary
Portable Space Heaters
Use one with a thermostat (not just a switch) that shuts off by itself when tipped over. Plug directly into its own outlet. Use in an area free of combustibles and well ventilated for heat to escape. Never leave it on overnight.
Never leave vaporizers unattended or near combustibles. Keep the water level high. Check the cord at the plug to make sure it is not too hot. If it is, disconnect it immediately. It must be plugged into its own outlet, or with a heavy-duty extension cord.
Wires, Plugs and Extension Cords
Keep down the number of cords in one outlet. Never run cords under rugs where they may become worn. Replace worn cords. Be sure to use a proper gauge of extension cord, especially with power tools and high wattage appliances.
For information about Fire Department education programs, please see Safety Education.
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