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CANDLE SAFETY

Every candle is a potential fire hazard if care is not used.  When used improperly, a candle can cause significant loss of life, injury and loss of property.  Here are a few candle safety tips to follow:

  • Do not place candles near combustible materials. Remember to leave a one foot circle of safety around any burning candle.
  • Place candles in glass or ceramic containers.
  • Place candles on a protected, flat, heat resistant, dry, sturdy surface.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a room with an open flame candle.
  • Do not place candles on window ledges or near entryways. The potential air draft can “fan” the flame, potentially catching curtains or other materials on fire.
  • Keep burning candles within sight at all times.
  • Always extinguish candles before leaving the home. When you go out, blow it out!.
  • Remember, candles can present fire hazards outdoors on decks and patios as well as inside your home.

For more information, you can visit the National Candle Association’s or NFPA’s websites.