Candle Fire Safety

One small flame resulted in a 3-alarm marina fire on November 2 with damage to 11 boats. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Candles are used in 70% of American households. Yet, a study by the National Fire Protection Association shows that only 30% of adults who use candles have a specific household rule to never leave a burning candle unattended.


Consider adopting the following candle safety rules in your home:

  1. Always keep burning candles within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
  2. Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
  3. Keep burning candles away from items that can catch on fire such as furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, etc.
  4. If light is needed during a power outage, use battery-operated light source instead of candles.

For more tips on candle safety visit the Home Heating Fire Safety Fact Sheet.