Safety Tips For Using Candles During the Holiday Season
Everyone loves burning holiday candles, but holiday candles can be a safety hazard. The month of December usually has twice the number of fires caused from burning home candles than the other months, according to data from the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). NFPA reports that over 45 percent of these fires start in the bedroom, over 17 percent occur in the family room, and over 11 percent are in the bathroom.
Some materials typically ignited by candles include curtains, drapes, bedding, pillows, and cabinetry. Eighty five percent of home candle fires are caused by misuse by the home residents.
Safety Tips for Using Candles
- Use a sturdy candle holder that will not tip over easily
- Use a candle holder this is not made of materials that will burn
- Always place candles away (at least one foot) from flammable items such as curtains or furniture
- Never leave burning candles unattended, extinguish them if you leave the room
- Place the candles out of the reach of children and pets
- Don’t carry lighted candles
- Use a candle snuffer to put out candles
- Trim the wick of the candle to 1/4 to 1/2 inches
An alternative to burning candles would be to use flame-less candles such as battery operated candles or led candles. The led smart candle provides a flicker without the flame. However, you will not have the fragrance that you get from burning a scented holiday candle.
Everyone loves candles scattered around their home during the holiday season. Be sure to follow the given candle safety tips so that you and your family will have a beautiful and safe holiday season.