Candle Safety

With the arrival of cooler weather and darker days, the use of candles and other types of festive lighting increases. Unfortunately, the number of fires caused by candles also increases. A recent home fire that started from a candle left unattended in a living room provides another reminder about the potential damage from a single flame.

Candles are used in 70% of US 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.