Candles and Fire Safety

In Case of Fire

If you experience a fire, do not use water. Call 911 immediately. Never attempt to use water to extinguish a grease fire. While awaiting the fire department’s arrival, an all-purpose fire extinguisher can be used, but only if you have one ready and know how to use it. 

Candle Fires

According to the United States Fire Administration, candles cause an estimated 15,600 fires in residential structures, 150 deaths, 1,270 injuries, and $539 million in estimated direct property damage each year.

* Over half (55%) of home candle fires start because the candle is too close to some combustible material.

* More candle fires (38%) begin in the bedroom than in any other room.

* Falling asleep is a factor in 12% of home candle fires and 26% of the associated deaths.

* Half of all civilian candle fire deaths occur between midnight and 6 a.m.

* December is the peak month for candle fires; Christmas is the peak day.

* Young children and older adults have the highest death risk from candle fires.

* The risk of a fatal candle fire appears to be higher when candles are used for light.

Safety Tips

* Ensure candles are in sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic holders and placed where they cannot be easily knocked down.

* Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

* Set a good example by using matches, lighters, and fire carefully. Keep matches and lighters locked up or hidden in a high place so children can’t reach them.

* Children should never be allowed to play with matches, lighters or candles.

* Never put candles on a Christmas tree.

* Never leave the house with candles burning.

* Extinguish candles after use and never go to sleep while candles are still burning.

* NEVER leave burning candles unattended!

Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - Candle Fires, September 2007.

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