Dust and Dirt
Allowing dust and dirt to accumulate around your electrical cords and appliances increases the risk of fire. This debris, as well as lint in your dryer vent and lint trap, can easily ignite.
When changing bulbs, make sure you use a bulb that is the appropriate wattage for the fixture – 100-watt bulbs do not belong in sockets rated for 60 watts max. Fixtures and outlets have their maximum wattages printed on them. When you’re changing bulbs, ditch the old incandescent for LEDs that aren’t so wattage-heavy.
Electric Blanket Misuse
Electric blankets should never be used underneath layers. Adding blankets on top of your electric blanket traps heat, and can cause a fire. Stick to the lowest setting when you use them, and eliminate the extra layers.
Laptops can get hot and require ventilation to cool. When you place your laptop on a blanket, bed, or rug, the computer can easily overheat. This not only damages the laptop but can cause a fire.
Leaving Appliances On
Avoid leaving the home when electrical appliances are running. Never use the oven or stove to cook food when no one is present. Crock pots are really the only safe cooking option when you’ll be gone.
Too Many Appliances
Appliances generate heat and need room to breathe. Crowding them together restricts airflow, causing overheating. Also, only a single appliance should be plugged into an outlet to cut down the risk of wiring overload – another cause of fires.
In the last 10 years, more than 150,000 fires were caused by faulty appliances. Check your appliances for recall alerts and return or replace them if they have been affected by a recall.