Fire Safety & Candles
There's a special beauty and tranquility to candles, but a lighted candle is also an open flame, and a potential fire hazard if not carefully monitored. A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that 85% of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed three basic safety rules:
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Candle Fire Statistics:
- On average, 42 home candle fires are reported every day.
- In 20% of candle fires, the candles are unattended or abandoned.
- Over 36% of home cnalde fires begin in the bedroom.
- 50% of home candle fire deaths occur between midnight and 6 AM.
- Falling asleep is a factor in 12% of home candle fires and 36% of the associated deaths.
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December 13% of home candle fires begin with decorations compared to 4% the reat of the year.