Holiday Candle Fire Safety

During the dark, cold months many people use candles to
brighten a room or add an enticing scent. During the holidays in particular,
candle use goes up as people look to add a festive flair to their homes. In
fact, the top three days for home
candle fires
between 2007 and 2011 were Christmas, New Year’s Day, and
Christmas Eve. Overall, 29 percent of home candle fires occurred in the month of
December.

Candle fires fell steadily between 1980 and 1990 as candle
sales dwindled. As candles rose in popularity through the 1990s, home candle
fires increased and peaked in 2001 at 18,900 fires.

When lighting candles in your home, it is important to
understand the risks. According to the National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA), between 2009 and 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of
9,300 home fires started by candles each year with 25 home candle fires
reported daily. These fires caused an average
of 86 deaths, 827 fire injuries, and $374 million in direct property damage
each year.

Candle fires tend to be more deadly and cause more damage
than other causes of home structure fires. On average, candle fires cause 9.2
deaths and 88.9 injuries per thousand fires, along with an average loss of
$40,000 per fire. In contrast, home structure fires overall cause 6.9 deaths
and 36.1 injuries per thousand reported home fires with an average loss of
$19,000 per fire.

More candle home fire statistics from an NFPA study between
2009 and 2013:

?? Candles were the cause of three percent of total
reported home fires,

?? three percent of home fire deaths,

?? six percent of home fire injuries,

?? and 5 percent of associated direct property
damage.

Candle Safety Tips

Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Almost
18 percent of home candle fires occurred because lit candles were left
unattended or abandoned.

Avoid using candles in your bedroom where you are more
likely to fall asleep with a lit candle (the majority of candle fires are
started in the bedroom).

Only use sturdy candle holders on a stable, uncluttered
surface.

Keep your hair and any loose clothing out of the way when
lighting a candle.

Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything
flammable. Fifty-six percent of home candle fires begin because the flame leapt
to a flammable object such as a nearby curtain.

Never place candles on a Christmas tree or near flammable
Christmas decorations.

Don’t burn a candle all the way down, instead keep an eye on
it and put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.

Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.

Have flashlights, flameless candles, and battery-powered
lighting on-hand to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

Consider using flameless candles instead of regular candles.

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During the dark, cold months many people use candles to
brighten a room or add an enticing scent. During the holidays in particular,
candle use goes up as people look to add a festive flair to their homes. In
fact, the top three days for rel=”nofollow” >home
candle fires between 2007 and 2011 were Christmas, New Year’s Day, and
Christmas Eve.

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