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How to cover a lamp shade with fire retardant

Updated February 21, 2017

According the National Fire Protection Association, 84 per cent of all civilian fire deaths result from home structure fires. To protect yourself, you need to protect your home. Many lamp shades are made out of cloth, and that cloth will spread fire quickly if the bulb it's shading catches fire. One preventive step you can take is to cover the lamp shade in your home with fire retardant. It's a quick and easy step to making your home safe.

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  1. Purchase indoor fire retardant from a home supply store.

  2. Pour the fire retardant into a spray bottle if it was not purchased in one.

  3. Keep children and pets out of the room where the lamp shade you are spraying is located.

  4. Remove the shade from the lamp fixture. Set the lamp down on a carpeted surface.

  5. Spray a mist of fire retardant on both sides of the lamp shade. Make sure the entire shade is covered, but do not soak the shade.

  6. Wait for the lamp shade to dry. This should take only a matter of minutes if sprayed properly.

  7. Return the shade to the lamp fixture. Children and pets may re-enter the room.

  8. Tip

    Most fires in the home start in the kitchen, so use your indoor fire retardant on other items in addition to lamp shades for full home protection.


    Keep fire retardant out of the reach of children and pets.

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Things You'll Need

  • Indoor fire retardant
  • Spray bottle

About the Author

J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.

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