During the holiday season, many people seem to over use their decorations – including the use of candles. Unless they are closely monitored, candles can easily lead to an accidental fire. The National Fire Prevention Association reports that 40% of all candle fires happen in the bedroom and account for 30% of the deaths. Be sure to burn candles safely by following these candle safety tips:
- If possible, try and avoid using lighted candles.
- Check your smoke alarm and fire extinguishers to make sure you’re prepared in case of an emergency.
- Keep lighted candles within your sight and out of reach of children and animals.
- Extinguish the candles if you leave the room or are going to sleep.
- Trim the candlewick to ¼ inch each time before use to avoid excessive smoking.
- Do not light a candle near flammable items, such as bedding, lampshades, and curtains or during the holiday, your Christmas tree and wrapped gifts.
- Use flashlights in place of candles during a power outage.
- Always be prepared with several evacuation routes and identify a meeting location with your family.
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