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Safety Tips

Candle Safety

Any time of the year candles are nice ways to bring smells into the house, but Christmas always seems to bring out the most candles. This is why we want you to read up on the care of candles, some people don’t understand the amount of damage fires can cause. The National Candle Association urges people to never leave a candle burning where you cannot see it.

On average, 29 homes report candle fires per day in the U.S. 36% of home fires due to candles start in the bedrooms, 16% of fires start in the living rooms, family rooms, or den. 14% of fires start in bathrooms and 11% in kitchens.

(Source: Home Candle Fires – National Fire Protection Association)

In the igot2kno.org candle safety PDF, we explain the danger of candles. “A candle flame may be small, but you should treat it as you would any other flame – with care. Candles turn to liquid in order to release their fragrance and this wax carries heat and that can cause another surface, such as a wood table, to catch fire. Over half of candle fires start because the candle is too close to combustible materials.”

(Source: igot2kno.org – FAQ: Candle Safety)

While we encourage you to enjoy the smells and aroma that candles give, we urge you to be careful with them. Linked is a PDF from National Fire Protection Association, which gives a more details on candle safety.

Smoke Detectors Saves Lives

A working smoke detector should be part of your home safety plan.

 

  • Check that the smoke detector working every month.

  • Change the smoke detector battery every six months. ​

 

Please read through the attached PDF from NFPA for an in depth explanation.

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