What’s so Bad about Leaving a Candle Unattended?
How bad can a candle be? We have all used them for birthdays, aesthetics, and to see in the dark since the dawn of time. However, we must assume the responsibility of an open flame within our homes. Let’s check out some candle safety tips from our friends at the NFPA.
‘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 1 foot (30 centimeters) away from anything that can burn
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 battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage, never use candles
Candles and Kids
- Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle
- Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children’s reach, in a locked cabinet.
On average, nearly 20 home fires caused by candles are reported every day across the United States with Christmas being the peak day for candle fires. Protect your family from a fire today by teaching the importance of candle safety. If you or someone you know experiences the tragedy of a home fire, contact SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at (216)-464-4498 or visit our website for more information!