Candle Safety

September 7, 2011 at 12:52 PM | Posted in Home | 1 Comment
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Candles are a great household accessory and come in handy during power failures, but they can be dangerous if used improperly. The U.S. Fire Administration reports candles are the heat source causing fires in an average of 166 civilian deaths, 1,289 civilian injuries, and $450 million in direct property damage each year.

An estimate one-third (36%) of home fires start from candles used in the bedroom. More than half (55%) of the fires occurred because the candle was too close to something that could burn. Candles used for light in the absence of electrical power appear to pose a particular risk of fatal fire.

In order to keep you and your family safe, follow these basic tips:

Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.

Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets, or anyone else.

Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes too high. This means the candle isn’t burning properly and the flame isn’t controlled.

Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts causing the candles to burn improperly.

Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don’t burn too many candles in a small room or in a “tight” home where air exchange is limited.

 This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, flame flare-ups, and soot. Be especially aware of drafts as they can blow lightweight curtains or papers into a flame and catch fire.

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  1. Good reminder. Especially with the onset of cooler nights, Autumn, and then… the holidays! Be careful, stay safe.

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