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Candles smell great, but they can be dangerous

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Home fires are a lot more common than most people think. A home fire can come from really happen anywhere and anytime! Candles, stoves, and others items can turn a house into a large mess in the matter of minutes. Candles are however a huge reason for home fires. Anytime you decide to light a candle please follow these steps.

  • Keep the candle in an open area, not underneath anything
  • Do not light a candle near furniture
  • Make sure to watch children around candles
According to the NFPA
Candle fire facts

During the five-year period of 2014-2018:

  • Candles caused 2% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 4% of the direct property damage in home fires.
  • Roughly one-third (37%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 40% of the associated deaths and 49% of the associated injuries.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 10% percent of the home candle fires and 15% of the associated deaths.
  • On average, 21 home candle fires were reported per day. 
  • Three of every five (60%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 12% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.

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