Candle Safety Tips

11 Candle Safety Tips

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. Here are some facts about candles you may not know about:

  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires, so be extra cautious during the holidays
  • Roughly one-third of home candle fires start in the bedroom
  • More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle

11 Candle Safety Tips

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room
  • Never use candles in the bedroom or 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
  • Don't burn a candle all the way down; put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container
  • Light candles carefully; keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • Don't use candles during a power outage, and instead, use flashlights or battery-powered lighting
  • 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 safe, secure location

Bonus tip: consider using flameless candles. They look and smell like real candles.

This information was sourced from NFPA & USFA.

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