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Posted on: October 10, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Candle Safety


FACTS --On average, a candle fire in the home is reported to a U.S. fire department every 30 minutes. --Roughly two-fifths 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. SAFETY TIPS "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 to 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 alone in a room with a burning candle. Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children's reach, in a locked cabinet. All information is referenced from NFPA Public Education Division. To visit this site go to or click above on Department, then Fire Department, then Useful Links, and then National Fire Protection Agency.

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