Ordinary products in our homes can become fire hazards if used incorrectly.
So "Good Morning America" teamed up with Underwriters Laboratories, the nonprofit company behind the familiar UL Mark that means a product has been tested for safety, to show u how it can happen.
Here are stats and safety tips provided by UL to keep this from happening to you.
Space Heater Safety Tips and Stats
Keep all space heaters at least 3 feet away from household combustibles.
Use space heaters only as a supplementary source of heat. These devices are not intended to replace the home's heating system.
Do not use extension cords with space heaters unless absolutely necessary.
Look for the UL Mark when purchasing an electric blanket.
Replace any heating blanket that is worn or torn; where the electric cord is frayed; or where the temperature control is damaged.
UL recommends turning an electric blanket on about 15 minutes before going to sleep; then, turn off the blanket right before going to bed.
Do not use electric blankets and heating pads together. The heat generated by the combined appliances can cause serious burns.
Do not tuck heating blankets underneath mattresses or other items. Excessive heat may build up to the point where the bedding could ignite.
Never ball up a heating blanket and leave it on. Excessive Make sure to follow manufactures'' instructions when washing an electric blanket. There are specific instructions consumers should follow when washing certain types of blankets.
Candle Safety Tips and Stats
Keep an eye on burning candles.
Place candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Extinguish candles when leaving the room or going to Don't place candles near curtains, bedding, paper, walls or any combustible materials.
Use a sturdy, non-combustible candleholder that can collect drippings and won't tip over.
Power/Extension Cord Safety Tips