Candle Safety

Candles may be pretty to look at but they are one of the top five causes of home fires. 

Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn. December is the peak time of year for home candle fires and roughly one-third of home fires start in the bedroom.

Safety Tips:

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Don’t use lit candles in bedrooms, bathrooms and sleeping areas.
  • Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • 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.Keep lit candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.
  • 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.
  • Consider using flame less candles in your home.
  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle. Never leave a candle lit with children and pets unsupervised
  • Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children’s reach, in locked cabinet.

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