December is peak month for candle fires, but they can be prevented.
The holidays are a time to be merry, spend time with friends and family, and plan for a new and prosperous year to come. Unfortunately, this time of year is also the top month for home fires due to unattended candles and Christmas decorations. Don’t let your holidays be ruined by unwanted visits from the fire department.
Christmas Day is the number one day for reported candle related fires, with Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day right behind, thought to be due to the mishandling of decorative candles. Nearly 10,000 home fires are reported in the US each year during this period, and candle fires account for 3% off all reported home fires.
According to the National Association for Fire Prevention (NAFP), three of every five (58%) candle fires start when something that is flammable, such as furniture, bedding, drapes, or decorations, are too close to the candle itself. More than 35% of these fires begin in the bedroom, a majority of these happening while people are asleep.
The good news is, these types of fires are preventable. Use pre-cautions when lighting candles at home, ensuring safe distance between the flame and flammable objects. In addition, follow these other Top 8 Safety Guidelines when candles are in use:
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and places that kids may play.
- Trim the wick of your candle to ¼ inch each time before burning.
- Always use a candle holder for pillar and taper candles
- Burn candles in a well-ventilated room
- Avoid drafts and air currants
- Keep out of areas where pets may encounter the flame, or knock the candle from its place.
For more information and safety facts, download the Candle Fact sheet or visit http://candles.org/fire-safety-candles/
As always, if you have questions about fire related issues, or any other insurance claim please call out office at 603-437.1992.