Candle Fires - Central County Fire & Rescue

Candle Fires

Candle Safety

Candles may be pretty to look at, but they are a leading cause of home fires – and home fire deaths. Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.

Fast Facts

  • According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), December is the peak month for home candle fires.
  • On average 20 home candle fires start every day.
  • Three out of every five candle fires started because the candle was too close to things that could catch fire.
  • More than one third of home candle fires started in the bedroom.

“Candle with Care”

  • 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.
  • Keep candles at least one foot (12 inches) away from anything that can burn.
  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.

If you do burn candles, make sure that you…

  • 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 batter-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

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