Fire Prevention Week 2011 – Candles

Day 5 of Fire Prevention Week. Today we’re going to focus on candles.

Did you know fire departments respond to home fires caused by candles every 30 minutes? Approximately 1/3 of fires caused by candles occur in the bedroom with nearly 50% of candle flames being the source of ignition when combustible materials are nearby. Some tips to consider to reduce the risk of candle fires in your home.

  • Make sure candles are free of anything nearby that could potentially burn. A minimum separation distance of 12 inches should be maintained from candles and any nearby combustible materials.
  • Never leave rooms where candles are unattended. If you are going to leave the room make sure to blow out the candles.
  • Avoid lighting candles in bedrooms and any other sleeping areas where people can easily forget to blow candles out.
  • Make sure candles are firmly held in candle holders and on sturdy surfaces to prevent them from tipping over.
  • When lighting candles keep hair and loose clothing away from candle flames.
  • Don’t let candles burn all the way down to the holder.
  • Don’t burn candles if there is oxygen stored inside the home.
  • Don’t burn candles in the garage near any flammable liquids (gas, paints, solvents, oils, etc.).
  • During power outages use flashlights and battery-powered lights. Avoid lighting candles.
  • Don’t let children play with matches, lighters, or candles. Keep them stored and out of sight when not in use.
  • The best way to minimize the risk is to eliminate traditional candles from the home. An alternative to consider, would be flameless candles. Flameless candles are battery powered, fire safe, and made of real wax. The technology provides glowing light from within creating the appearance of a traditional candle.
  • Hope this information has been helpful to you and your family. Join us the next 2 days as we wrap up Fire Prevention Week.

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