I read this post on one of my neighborhood forums- and, I asked the writer, if I could share her story. I think it is so important that we all hear it. Thanks “anonymous” (since she preferred to remain so).
“At the risk of exposing my husband and myself as less than the rocket-scientists we are I’m sharing this story. Our kids slept with a nightlight in their room for the past year, next to one of the kid’s beds. His covers often were touching the nightlight. It actually did make me nervous, and I wondered if his blanket could catch fire. Thinking I was just sort of paranoid, I never did any research, but did try to turn it off before I went to bed. This morning, I went in his room and realized I had not turned it off last night. The plastic nightlight cover had completely melted, and his blanket had a fist sized singed hole in it. My guess is the flame retardant duvet cover prevented his blanket from going up in flames. After researching online , I read that in fact, one is never supposed to have blankets or other materials near or touching the nightlights because they can indeed cause fires. Anyway – please make sure your kids’ nightlights aren’t touching your kids blankets, or anything else.”
This is from The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
In an average year, CPSC receives about 10 reported incidents where nightlights were cited as being responsible for fires where flammable materials, such as bed spreads, pillows, and toilet paper were ignited. It appears that these nightlights were so close to a bed that falling pillows or blankets were able to touch the hot bulb of the nightlight and start a fire.
To reduce the chance of fire:
- Locate nightlights away from beds where the bulb might touch flammable materials.
- Look for nightlights that bear the mark of recognized testing laboratory.
- Consider using nightlights that have cooler, mini neon bulbs instead of four or seven watt bulbs.