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.