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  • Use Candles Safely

  • 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. And, the majority of candle fires result from human error and negligence. 

    • 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 6am. 
    • 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 higher when candles are used for light.
       

    Candle Fire Safety Tips 

    • Avoid using lighted candles. 
    • If you do use candles, ensure they are in sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic holders and placed where they cannot be easily knocked down. 
    • Set a good example by using matches, lighters, and fire carefully. 
    • Children should never be allowed to play with matches, lighters or candles. 
    • Never put candles on a Christmas tree. 
    • Extinguish candles after use. 
    • And never leave burning candles unattended! 
       

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


     

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