As reported by the National Fire Protection Association, there are an average of 382,397 residential fires per year. A commonly overlooked fire hazard could be in your own bedroom – the closet.
Did you know that building codes closely regulate lighting in closets? In particular, many older homes fail to meet these minimum standards. When working on custom designs, My Custom Closet has noticed two common lighting mistakes:
Exposed incandescent bulb
These lights screw into a surface-mounted fixture, operate with a pull-chain, and tend to be very hazardous. The incandescent and halogen bulbs can get very hot, and closets tend to be filled with clothing and other flammable materials. Alarmingly, a lot of people are guilty of overstuffing the top shelves of the closet! A hazard is created when clothing items and fabric are too close to the bulbs.
Recessed fixtures with exposed incandescent bulbs or LED bulbs must be at least 6 inches from all closet storage areas. Surface mounted light fixtures must be at least 12 inches from storage areas.
Luckily, there are solutions! Here are our 6 tips to avoid fire hazards: