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Safety Buying Guide: Den

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After a long day of work or school, nothing beats lounging on the couch and watching a little television. Our den or living room can be one of the busiest rooms in the house. Keeping this space safe and comfortable are top priorities. Get tips for keeping your den a safe gathering place for family and friends.


Extension Cords

Extension Cords

Cord safety is a very important part of keeping your home safe. Avoid using extension cords when you can. But if you have to use them:

  • Make sure the cord is in good condition and isn't frayed, stretched or worn.
  • Keep cords away from foot traffic.
  • Use a power strip or surge protector for items that are close together.
  • Don't overload the circuit by plugging in too many items, this can create a fire hazard.
When shopping, note the difference between a power strip and a surge protector. Power strips offer additional outlet space. Surge protectors provide protection from changes in electrical current.


Peep Holes and Entry Door Viewers

Keeping your family safe from intruders is always a top priority. It may not be safe to open the door to strangers. Install peep holes or entry door viewers in exterior doors so you can see who's ringing the doorbell before you open the door.



Space Heaters

Space Heaters

We sometimes use space or kerosene heaters as a way to keep heating costs down during cooler months. If you plan to use a space heater, keep your home safe from fire:

  • Don't leave space heaters unattended - turn them off if you have to leave the room, even if you are only going to be gone for a few moments.
  • Keep clothing, upholstered furniture and draperies away from them.
  • Don't use space heaters while you are asleep.
  • Invest in space heaters with safety features like automatic shut-off in case they tip over or overheat.


Cigarettes

Use no-tip ashtrays to make sure burning cigarette butts stay where they belong. Don't use makeshift ashtrays - plastic cups, for example. If the material is not fireproof, it might not contain the burning cigarettes safely. Always make sure your cigarette is completely out before you go to sleep.