Holiday Candle Safety Tips
Adding candles to holiday décor can add beauty. It also adds to the risk of a house fire. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), from 2012-2016, an estimated 8,200 house fires that were started by candles per year. These fires caused 770 injuries and $264 million in property damage. The top 3 days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
To minimize your risks, the NFPA recommends using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look and smell like real candles. If you chose real candles, they recommend the following:
- Make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked over.
- Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
- Completely extinguish all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
- Never use of candles in the bedroom or other areas where people may fall asleep.
- Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn including hair and loose clothing.
- Don’t burn a candle down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
- Have battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.
Decking the halls should be fun, but always remember to exercise more caution when using candles.
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