All of us use at least one nightlights in our homes. Nightlights can provide a safety benefit by providing just enough light to prevent falls at night. They can make children feel safer in dark rooms when they fear the dark. They provide a useful purpose.
Would you believe over 90 million are sold annually in the U.S. and 600,000 are recalled for safety reasons? I never hear of these recalls. Nightlights can become excessively hot, causing them to melt and pose a risk of fire if they come in contact with flammable materials, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC receives roughly 10 reports annually of fires that were caused when nightlights ignited toilet paper, pillows, bedspreads and other flammable materials. In many of these cases, the nightlight was installed so close to the bed that falling blankets or pillows made contact with the nightlight and started a fire. For this reason, nightlights should not be plugged in next to bed coverings, curtains, and other potentially flammable objects and materials. Nightlights should not be covered with tape, cardboard or any other material that might cause them to overheat.
Homeowners may consider using nightlights equipped with mini neon bulbs instead of higher-wattage bulbs. Never let children handle nightlights. If you have small children, avoid purchasing or installing a nightlight decorated with cute or funny figures to which they may be attracted and that may be easy for them to reach.
Chuck retired from an engineering management career to start a home inspection business