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Candle safety

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Candles. Such a small flame. So aromatic, ambient and pleasant. Despite their appeal, candles can be dangerous if they're burned incorrectly or left unattended. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from 2005-2009 candles were the cause of an estimated:
  • 12,860 home structure fires across the country, resulting in
  • 136 civilian deaths,
  • 1,040 civilian injuries and
  • direct property loss of $471 million.

Safety Tips

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  • Place candles on a secure surface in sturdy noncombustible holders that are large enough to catch drippings and won't tip over.
  • Keep candles three to four feet from children and pets.
  • Keep candles three feet from combustible items such as curtains, books and paper.
  • Keep candles away from flammable liquids such as kerosene heaters or lanterns.
  • Avoid using candles during a power outage (a flashlight is a safer option).
  • Remember to extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep; never leave children or pets unattended in a room with a lit candle.
  • Keep candle wicks trimmed to one-quarter inch.
  • Extinguish taper and pillar candles when they get within two inches of the holder.
  • Extinguish votives before the last half-inch of wax starts to melt.
  • Do not use candles in bedrooms or sleeping areas and avoid carrying a lit candle.


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