Friday, December 16, 2016

Candle Safety: Tips to Enjoy a Festive and Safe Holiday

Candles may be pretty to look at, but they are a risk for home fires and fatalities. Always remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn. Read on to learn about how you can enjoy a festive and safe holiday by practicing basic candle safety.

"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.

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.

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Other Tips and Facts about Candle Burning and Safety
  • Think about using flame-less candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles.
  • 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 locked cabinet.
  • 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.