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The electrical house plug-ins where we plug our electrical

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the electrical house plug-ins where we plug our electrical devices, is it okay if clothing, plastic, wrapper, or paper/cardboard touches or covers the plug in socket? it wont cause a fire?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 5 months ago.

Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question.

1) Flammable materials should never come into immediate contact with a receptacle or a cord plug.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
i respect your expertise but i am not satisfied with the answer
Expert:  Kevin replied 5 months ago.

No problem. I have opted out of the question.

Expert:  Mike G. replied 5 months ago.

Hi, I'm Mike G and I agree with Kevin. Items mentioned are subject to be contributory to a fire if an electrical short or surge should after that outlet. A loose wire arcing can cause heat enough to melt the plastic of the device and start a fire. I had a fire job once where it happened in a motel with an outlet at mattress height that ended up totaling the room. Heed Kevin's advice.

Expert:  ProGrade replied 5 months ago.

Same here, Kevin is spot on. If your outlets are wired using the back stab method instead of the screw terminals, the risk is even greater...even if nothing is plugged in to an outlet, a heavy load downstream can cause problems if terminals are loose. Safety first. I submit that it is a best practice to follow Kevin's advice.

Between just the three of us that have chimed in, you are getting advice from over 100 years of experience. We have each seen a lot in those decades.

Good luck.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
i was just trying to get peace of mind leaving my home on vacation. and what you are saying is that if some is leaning on an electrical plugin then that will cause a fire?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
i admit i dont know squat about electricity
Expert:  ProGrade replied 5 months ago.

If anything flammable is against an outlet, you have an increased risk of fire. If you want peace of mind, don't place anything flammable against an outlet. Even bedding can be a risk.

Expert:  Papatrexas replied 5 months ago.

Hi This isCustomerand what you asking is?

Are electrical outlets safe to leave appliances connected and or things touching the plate if that is your question then yes it is safe.

Go and have a good time

Expert:  Papatrexas replied 5 months ago.

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