Does exposed insulation in a basement ceiling need to be covered?

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Does exposed insulation in a basement ceiling need to be covered?

Asked by Teresa

The home was built in 1951 the insulation is newer. the basement is not finished. we are in Cleveland Ohio. is it a fire/health hazard?

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Harold Remlinger, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB's picture

Yes the insulation needs to be covered. Per code insulation is not allowed to be exposed to the habitable room.