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Candle Safety

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Candles have become a popular decoration in our homes. The wide variety of colors, shapes and scents have helped candle sales become a billion dollar industry. Each year, candle misuse causes approximately 9,300 residential fires in the United States and the results are $374 million in damages.

Follow these basic rules to prevent a fire from starting in your home:

  • Always keep burning candles within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
  • Always use a candle holder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
  • Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets or flammable decorations.

 

See Candle Tips for more information

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