If you’re a candle lover, you understand how comforting the soft glow and scent of your favorite candle can be. Sure, we’re aware of the flickering flame hovering above wax, but it’s easy to forget the seriousness of what it could mean for our safety. Regardless of our love for candles, an open flame is an open flame at the end of the day.
Here are some things to consider:
Between 2014 and 2018, on average, 21 at-home candle fires were reported a day.
More than one-third of at-home candle fires start in the bedroom.
Three of every five candle fires start when flammable items are too close to the candle.
No worries, you don’t need to give up your candles. By following these candle practices, you can have a safer home that still smells great!
Blow out candles before leaving your house. Pets and children should never be left unattended around open flames.
Keep lighters AWAY from children.
Keep candles at least 1 foot away from flammable items.
Use candle holders that are nonflammable and sturdy.
Keep candles on an uncluttered surface.
Don’t burn candles all the way down.
DO NOT use candles if oxygen is used in the home.