Using Candles Safely

Candle Facts
Candles may look pretty and smell nice, but they are a leading cause of home fires and home-fire deaths. Remember, candles can readily ignite anything that can burn.
  • On average a candle fire in the home is reported to a Fire Department every 30 minutes.
  • Roughly 2/5 of candle fires originate in the bedroom.
  • More than half of all candle fires occur when the candle ignites materials that are too close to it.
If You Do Burn Candles
Make sure that you take the following precautions:
  • Avoid using candles in the bedroom or in other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting readily available for use during a power outage. Never use candles.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.
  • Light candles safely. Keep you hair and clothing away from the flame.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Use sturdy candle holders that will not tip over easily. Place candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered space.