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Beware of Candle Flames

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Beware of Candle Flames SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires and home fire deaths. According to the National Candle Association, 70% of households in the United States use candles. Most people don’t see candles as a major fire hazard, but according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from 1983-1998 candles accounted for 8,690 fires, 104 deaths, 974 injuries and an estimated $126 million in property damage. Between 2001-2002 an estimated 18,000 fires were started by candles with 130 deaths, 1350 injuries and $333 million in property damage.

DON’T GET BURNED! FOLLOW THESE SAFETY TIPS!

  • Use candles only with constant adult supervision
  • Never leave a candle burning!
  • Keep candles away from items that can catch fire, such as Christmas trees, clothing, paper or curtains
  • Place candles and candleholders on a secure piece of furniture. Make sure candleholders are non-combustible and large enough to collect the dripping wax.
  • Do not place candles in windows where blinds or curtains can close over them
  • Keep wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch and extinguish candles when they burn to within 2 inches of the holder
  • Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids
  • Do not use candles in places where they can be knocked over by children or pets
  • Always have a working smoke alarm!

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