Holiday Candle Safety
Every holiday season, homes throughout America light many different types of candles. It is important to take the proper precaution when using candles to keep your home and family safe.
Facts About Holiday Fires:
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
- 1/3 of all candles fires are normally started in the bedroom.
- In addition to candles, Christmas tree fires are very common during the winter season.
- One in every three holiday fires are caused by electrical problems or a heat source that is too close to the Christmas tree.
How To Use Candles Safely:
- Consider using battery operated flameless candles instead of the real ones.
- Place candles in a sturdy candleholder in an uncluttered area so that it will not easily tip over.
- Never leave a burning candle alone. Blow out candles once you leave the room.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn or catch on fire such as holiday decorations that may be flammable. Do not use candles on a windowsill where they could easily catch blinds or curtains on fire.
- Be cautious when lighting candles, and keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame.
- Trim the candlewick to 1/4 inches before lighting or relighting your candle. Keep the candle free of wick trimmings, dust, and debris.
- Don’t burn a candle to the bottom, put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
- Never use candles if oxygen tanks are used inside your home.
- Have flashlights and battery-operated lighting to use in case of a power outage, rather than the use of candles.
- Never attempt to move a candle when it is already lit.
- If a candle must burn continuously, make sure it is enclosed in a glass container and placed in a sink, metal tray, or deep basin filled with water.
- If you are using candles within your home, make sure they are all blown out before you go to sleep.
During the winter season, always make sure that your smoke detector and fire alarm are working properly. This is the most common time of the year for house fires. Be cautious when using candles within your home and always make sure you are fully monitoring them. A fire can start within a few seconds, so it is essential to take the proper safety precautions before lighting any candles within your home.