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CANDLE SAFETY TIPS

Before You Go Out, Blow It Out! Candle Safety Tips

Candles have been a popular decorating item throughout the holidays. But an unattended, abandoned or casually placed candle can quickly cause a devastating fire, death or injury. Be aware and keep an eye on burning candles.

How do candle fires start? Most often when left unattended, the candle will melt in a holder not suitable to hold the wax in. The candle will overflow and ignite nearby combustibles. Or they are placed too close to things that can burn. Often the base of the holder becomes so hot that it may ignite the material underneath.  
Candle Safety © 2013 Safewise

Safety tips when using candles:

  • Never leave a burning candles unattended.  
  • Candles in a bedroom can be dangerous if you fall asleep while they are burning. Be sure to put all candles out before going to bed or falling asleep. 
  • The most important rule is this: Keep candles away from things that can burn. Keep them at least three feet from curtains, clothing, furniture, decorations and other flammable items. 
  • Always use stable candle holders and place them where they will not be knocked down or blown over and out of reach of pets and young children. 
  • Make sure the candle holder is big enough to collect dripping wax
  • In the hands of a child, matches and lighters can be deadly. If you have children in your home, store candles, matches and lighters out of their sight and reach in a locked cabinet. 
  • Avoid candles with combustibles embedded in them.
  • Do not allow children to keep or use candles or incense in their rooms and never leave a child unattended in a room with a burning candle.

Flameless Candles:

To eliminate the risk of an open candle flame, use flameless or battery-powered candles whenever possible, especially when you combine candles with greenery or other decorations. The Bend Fire Department offers a flameless candle rental program for special events as a safe alternative to burning candles. The cost is very minimal and provides a safe alternative to candles for your event. 

(Information provided in part courtesy of the City of Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department© 2013)