Who doesn’t love the effect that a lit candle gives a room? But did you know that between 2009 and 2013 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 9,300 home fires that were caused by candles, which caused $374 million in direct property damage.
Statistics about Candle Fires
During the five-year period of 2009-2013:
- Roughly one-third (36%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 32% of the associated deaths and 47% of the associated injuries.
- On average, 25 home candle fires were reported per day.
- Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths.
- More than half (58%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
Here are some candle tips to keep you and your family safer.
- 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.
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