Valentines Day means romance and nothing creates an air of romance more than candles. Although candles are great for creating warmth and romance, accidental ignition can lead to property damage, injury, or even death without proper adherence to fire safety. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), thousands of home fires due to candle-burning accidents are reported each year and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that most of candle fires can be avoided by following basic safety rules. Keep your home safe by practicing these simple candle safety tips.
Never leave burning candles unattended
Avoid use in the bedroom where people may fall asleep or areas with much distraction or lack of supervision.
Consider the location
Never burn candles near flammable items such as paper, combustible liquids, oxygen tanks, curtains, and sheets. Keep them at least one foot away from hazardous materials and place multiply lit candles at least 3 inches apart. Place your candles on a steady and uncluttered surface, so you don’t risk the chance of them toppling over. Burn them in a well-ventilated room without drafts or air currents. Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
Clean your candles before use
Whether using them for the first time or relighting, discard candle debris such as wax remnants, broken wicks, and matches that can be flammable. Trim candle wicks to a quarter of an inch with clippers or scissors. Trimming helps prevent uneven burning and dripping.
Don’t burn candles too low or too long
Carefully supervise the progression of the burning. Don’t let the flame burn beyond half an inch of wax left, and no less than 2 inches for thick, stand-alone candles. Candle burning duration should be no longer than 4 hours. If in doubt, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations for proper use.
Consider alternatives to candles
If candle burning is unsafe in your home, use flashlights or flameless candles. These other lighting choices can be especially convenient during lengthy power outages and safer to use around children, pets, and the elderly.
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