Candle Safety

small candle with flame

Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires — and home fire deaths. Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.

"Candle With Care" Safety Tips

 

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn.
  • Think about using flameless candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles.
  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle. Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children’s reach, in a locked cabinet.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the
  • holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Have flashlights and,battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

Facts

 

  • December is the peak month for home candle fires.
  • More than one-third of home candle fires started in the bedroom.
  • Three of every five candle fires start when things that burn are too close to the candle.

Facts provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

Department:
Fire
Service Categories:
Fire Education

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