Let's face it; who doesn't love to light a candle this time of year? With the holidays fast approaching and increased usage of decorations it's important to keep in mind candle safety. The number of candle related house fires nearly doubles in the month of December according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Candle Fire Facts
- More than half of candle fires start when something is too close to the candle. These are things such as decorations, curtains, furniture, mattresses and bedding.
- 20% of candle fires are from candles left unattended.
- 36% of home candle fires begin in a bedroom.
- It's estimated that 166 people die each year due to home candle fires.
Candle Safety Tips
Consider using battery operated, flameless candles which can look, smell and feel like a real candle.
- Use a sturdy container and be sure to place a candle where it cannot be knocked down easily.
- Keep candles away from anything that can burn.
- Keep candles away from children and pets.
- Always use a flashlight, not a candle, for emergency light.
- Extinguish candles after use and before going to bed.
- And NEVER leave burning candles unattended.
Here is a short video that illustrates the damage a candle can cause. While candles many times smell good and offer a great ambience please be careful when you burn them.