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Old 04-10-2015, 03:15 PM
 
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Asking for a friend who questioned me on this.

Is it safe to hang curtains directly in front of/covering an electrical outlet?

What if it has something plugged in and turned on vs nothing plugged in?

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Old 04-10-2015, 04:16 PM
 
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I can't imagine how curtains would get into an outlet, plus they are not conductive??

I don't see why not??

If its worrisome then just get some of those child proofing plugs.
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Old 04-10-2015, 04:34 PM
 
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No problems but, I would suggest that you insert plastic safety caps into unused outlets and make sure that plugs are inserted completely into receptacles so that no part of the prongs are exposed.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:27 AM
 
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So long as your electrical system is "up to code" - everything is properly wired and installed. And the outlet / things plugged into the outlet are in new/good condition. Outlet has firm grip on plug prongs (don't have to "wiggle" plug to get it to work), no bare insulation on plug wires, and plugs are "cool" to the touch after whatever is plugged in has been on for 30 minutes.

There are old outlets which are "loose" when you plug something in. If you plug in a high amperage/wattage appliance like a space heater, the plug will get warm/hot - may melt the insulation, sparks could fly and ignite the drapes.

Or too small of wiring for the breaker/fuse used for the circuit or too high of amperage breaker/fuse for the circuit can also cause heat/sparks/fire.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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To remove all doubt, don't hang curtains.


Asking this question is like asking if its safe to brush your teeth at night!
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:39 AM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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To remove all doubt, don't hang curtains.


Asking this question is like asking if its safe to brush your teeth at night!
I'll bet someone told the OP it was unsafe and that's why s/he's asking.
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:09 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Depends on what you may have plugged into it. High amperage appliances such as window A/C's need their plugs checked frequently. Look for signs of heat damage, melted plastic, discolored prongs, burnt or arc spots on prongs or blackened area around receptacle. If the appliance is drawing the proper amperage and the receptacle is of proper capacity rating a damaged plug or receptacle should be replaced. I've actually seen drapes catch on fire as a window unit started up. This was because of a poor condition of a plug, receptacle, or both. Regardless it is still wise to not hang curtains where they hang next to a receptacle.
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Old 04-11-2015, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I'd be more concerned about an outlet that close to a window.

Curtains should be no problem.
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Old 04-11-2015, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Florida
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We have an outlet under our front window and draw drapes that are opened and closed every day. No problem.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:16 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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As myself and others have stated there's no interaction between curtains/drapes and receptacles that cause us alarm. Having a device/appliance with a deteriorated plug or poor connection for any reason could cause a fire. Having a drape hanging next to it is like providing a flammable fuse straight up the ceiling. Simple as that......

....on top of that, even with nothing plugged into a receptacle one could catch fire. Many receptacles are passing power onto another receptacle. Poor connections on it could potentially cause a fire hazard. This scenario is far less likely though and unlike the first would not cause me to worry about the proximity of a curtain.
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