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This week is Fire Prevention Week, and the
National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Fire Corps have teamed up to provide
fire safety tips each day this week, helping to keep your families, friends, and
communities safer. Please share these tips and continue to pass on the message
of fire safety every day. Together we can all make a difference.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
reported that during 2004, approximately 17,200 house fires were caused by
candles. As a result, the candle fires led to an estimated 200 deaths, 1,540
injuries, and a direct property loss of $200 million. Below are some guidelines
to follow in order to use candles safely.
- Place candles in sturdy, nonflammable holders
(metal, glass, ceramic) that are large enough to collect dripping wax.
- Always keep candles out of the reach of
children and pets.
- Always attend burning candles. Extinguish all
candles before leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Do not carry a lit candle during a power
outage; use a flashlight instead.
- Keep candle wicks trimmed to ¼ inch and
extinguish when the flame gets too high. Once the candle cools down, re-trim
the wick to ¼ inch. This keeps the candle burning slower and with less
- Do not use lighted candles on or near a
- Consider using flameless candles. This
alternative to traditional candles allows you to enjoy the glow of a real
candle without the hazards of smoke, melting wax, or fire. Battery-powered
flameless candles can be practically indistinguishable from real candles to
the casual observer, with options including real wax, flickering glow, and a
variety of pleasing scents.