Candle Fires - Central County Fire & Rescue

Candle Fires

Two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles. CCFR recommends using battery operated candles.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), December is the peak month for home candle fires. More than half of all candle fires start because candles were too close to things that could catch fire.

If you use regular candles, NFPA recommends following these safety tips:

  • When burning candles, keep them at least 12″ away from anything that can burn, and remember to blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over and are placed on uncluttered surfaces.
  • Avoid using candles in the bedroom, where more than one third of home candle fires begin, or other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.