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Candle Safety
Facts, Figures & General Information
No matter how beautiful things look when illuminated by candles, the ugly truth is candles are a major cause of home fires. A candle is an open flame; it can easily ignite anything that can burn.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides these facts and figures:
  • During 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 12,860 home structure fires started by candles per year. These fires caused an annual average of:
    • 136 civilian deaths,
    • 1040 civilian fire injuries, and
    • $471 million in direct property damage.
  • More than one-third (36%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 43% of the associated deaths and 47% of the associated injuries.
  • More than half (55%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
Safety Tips (a partial list)
  • 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 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Think about using flameless candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles.
  • 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.
For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit the National Fire Protection Association.

NFPA's "Home Candle Fires" report by Marty Ahrens, December 2011.

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.
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