Nightlights Can Be A Danger

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5063I 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.

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2 Comments

  1. It’s funny that as parents we sometimes have a gut feeling about something not being right but we let it slide. In this case, I’m happy that your experience ended like this and not worse. Thank you for sharing this story with us. From now on, I will always go with my gut feeling about something. LESSON LEARNED!!!

    Also amybnyc thanks for sharing this wonderful product with us. I’m going to share it with all my mommy friends.

  2. Hi fellow parents,

    I’m so glad your child is alright!! Thanks for sharing.

    I was nervous about the same thing (and my son being attracted to the light and playing with the socket) so I came up with a different solution I thought some others may want to use… We bought “candela’s” (http://www.vessel.com/prod_light_can4.html) and have them in his room and ours. They are GREAT. They can be moved to different parts of the room, carried to the bathroom in the dark, they don’t hurt your eyes at 2am, etc. Simply, I love them. – Also, they make a GREAT baby shower gift. They were ideal when he was born and I was nursing during the night and didn’t want to torture hubby too much etc. I can’t say enough about them and wish the company was paying me for how much I sing their praises (but sadly, no). :)

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