Is storing dolls in boxes a fire hazard if we have an area with an electrical outlet?
Asked May 31, 2008, 07:42 AM
Is storing dolls in boxes in an area that has an electrical outlet and phone jack that are not in use a fire hazard? How far does a storage/box item have to be from the electrical outlet/phone jack? Thanks
Can apartment complex tell someone to move inside stuff?
We have an area that we can converted into a closet. Inside the area we have placed dolls in boxes. There is an electrical outlet and a phone jack that we have disarmed and is not in use. But our apartment complex is now stating this is a fire hazard. The area has no windows, exits, does not have combustible, and is well ventilated. We feel this is a personal issue with one of the Managers who is not very friendly with us. Can the complex ask us to comply? Also, we had some cable put into the apartment via a Brighthouse contractor who we believe didn't want to do the job and used this leverage in getting the office's help in doing so. The 2 times the fellow came in we got calls from the same manager. Last night, the fellow left at 8:30 P.M. And we received a letter from the same manager by 10:30 P.M. That night. The office is officially closed at 6:00 P.M. So that leaves only personal conversation open for these two people!
What are our legal rights? And what should our approach be? We are living in this place for 8 years now and are just fed-up with this nonsense? Thanks!
I can say that if you have done alterations to the electrical work (disarming the outlet, for example) you may have shifted the current to a different branch of the circuit, and potentially overloaded it. And you are definitely altering the premises, which is generally a no-no in a rental, unless you get the landlord's permission first. So, he could make you un-convert your closet back into whatever it was intended to be.
The area converted into a closet has all the walls and all we did was hang a curtain across the area...very easy to undo! Next, we did not make any alterations to the electrical outlet and it is operational but we are not using it and it is turned off. Maintenance and other people from the complex have seen this and have not said anything but this one manager is the one pursuing this.
I wouldn't think so. I believe there is a small, electrical current in a phone line, but probably not sufficient to start a fire. Are the storage boxes paper or plastic? I believe the plastic ones are safer.
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