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Candle Fire Safety

The Facts

  • During 2009-2013, 3% of home fires were caused by candles, resulting in 3% of home fire deaths and 6% of home fire injuires.

  • Falling asleep while a candle was lit was a factor in 11% of home candle fires.

  • Every year, candles are the cause of an estimated 17,000 home structure fires in the United States, resulting in 180 deaths and 1500 injuries.

Safety Tips

  • Avoid, if possible, to use lighted candles. Try using flameless battery-operated candles instead.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.

  • Keep all candles at least 3 feet away from any combustible material such as furniture, curtains, etc.

  • Keep all candles, lighters, and matches out of children's reach.

  • Do not burn a candle all the way to the bottom as the container may break or crack.

  • Never use candles in an oxygen-rich environment.

NFPA Candle Fire Safety Video

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Check out the links below for more information on candle fire safety.

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