--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 www.nfpa.org/education or click above on Department, then Fire Department, then Useful Links, and then National Fire Protection Agency.