Candles are pretty to look at and they often emit a scent that can drive the mood in your home. While we see candles as a mood enhancer in our homes, they first are a cause of home fires — and home fire deaths. It’s our job to remind you, a candle is an open flame that can easily ignite anything nearby.
When burning candles, make sure that you…
- Keep candles at least one foot away from anything that can burn.
- Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
- Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
- Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
- Don’t burn a candle all the way down — 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 and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.
- Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
- Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.