Safe storage of clothing in under-stair cupboard with fuse box
February 27, 2013 5:48 AM Subscribe
I learned today that it's dangerous to store combustibles such as clothing near the fuse box or electrical intake. I keep my off-season wardrobe under the stairs, and the electrical intake/fuse box is also under the stairs. How far away do I need to keep this stuff? What is a safe distance?
Is it feasible to use compact-o-stuff vacuum bags to reduce the crowding in the understair cupboard?
posted by tel3path to Home & Garden (13 answers total)
I have been storing my out-of-season wardrobe under the stairs. We also have our electrical intake, meter, fuse box, etc. under the stairs. The boxes of clothes come up very close to the fuse box.
I learned today that storing clothes this near the electrical intake is a fire hazard. I need to store them further away, but how far is far enough? An inch? Six inches? A foot away?
Even if it's safe to store them fairly close, the electrical equipment takes up quite a lot of the space along one wall of the understair cupboard, so I'm still looking at getting rid of half my stuff. There is no other suitable storage space anywhere in the house.
I see that most MeFites have had bad experiences with vacuum compact-o-stuff bags. Is it really unfeasible to compact the space the clothing takes up by sealing them into those bags?