Tis The Season…
With the holidays upon us, we realize there’s an increased desire to burn candles for ambiance and religious practices. Because of that, we tend to see an increase in incidents involving candles. Protect your family and your home by practicing candle safety this season and observing the tips below.
During the period between 2012-2016:
- Candles caused 2% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 7% of home fire injuries, and 4% of the direct property damage in home fires.
- Roughly one-third (37%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 36% of the associated deaths and 51% of the associated injuries.
- Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 21% of the associated deaths.
- On average, 23 home candle fires were reported per day.
- Three of every five (60%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 12% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
- From 2012-2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 8,200 home structure fires that were started by candles per year. These fires caused an annual average of 80 deaths, 770 injuries and $264 million in direct property damage.
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
- Roughly one-third 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.
Use Candles With Care
- Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go
- Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom
and other areas where people may fall asleep.
- Keep candles at least 1 foot away
from anything that can burn.
When you burn candles…
- Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip
- 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 too close to the
holder or container.
- Never use a candle if oxygen
is used in the home.