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Candles 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.

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

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.

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