How to Cover a Lamp Shade With Fire Retardant

According the the National Fire Protection Association, 84 percent 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 preventative 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.

Purchase indoor fire retardant from a home supply store.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Things You Will Need

  • Indoor fire retardant
  • Spray bottle


  • 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.

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.