Candle popularity in America is at an all-time high. In fact, the retail sales of candles are estimated at $3.2 billion annually and this doesn’t include the sales of candle accessories. They’re beautiful, provide ambiance and fragrance, hold a prominent place in many ceremonies, and are a source of light. However, they also result in an average of 25 home candle fires each day! While they are desirable, they are also dangerous and some basic safety tips should be followed when using them.
Prior to Use
- Match your designated candle to an appropriately sized candle holder.
- Ensure your candle holders are fireproof, heat resistant and are kept level.
- Don’t use a candle with embedded items within. While attractive, they are combustible.
- Trim candlewicks to ¼” prior to lighting.
- Place candles at a minimum of 3” away from all flammable items, i.e., walls, books, decorations, and avoid putting them in windows where curtains or blinds may catch fire.
Children & Pets
- Place candles up high, out of reach of curious hands and wagging tails.
- Do not leave a room unattended when children or pets are present.
- Do not use candles as a night light.
- Extinguish all candles, and ensure the wick is cool prior to leaving a room unattended or going to sleep.
- Don’t burn a candle near other combustible items, or near flammable liquids.
- Don’t move a lit candle. Do not use a lit candle in a small space, either to check pilot lights or when fueling a kerosene heater or generator.
- Lit candles should be at least 3 inches apart to keep them from melting each other.
- Replace candles when there are two inches or less remaining. Never allow a candle to burn too close to a holder.
Despite due diligence being followed, sometimes fires do occur. If you need assistance in recovering from a house fire, contact us today.