Candle Safety for the Holidays

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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

  • 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 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Think about using flameless candles in your home.  They look and smell like real candles.

IF YOU DO BURN CANDLES

make sure that you....

  • 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.

​CANDLES AND KIDS

Never leave a child along in a room with a burning candle.  Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children's reach, in a locked cabinet.

FACTS

  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
  • Roughly one-third of home candle fires started in the bedroom.
  • More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.
     

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