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Posted on: October 10, 2017

Candle Safety

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FACTS --On average, a candle fire in the home is reported to a U.S. fire department every 30 minutes. --Roughly two-fifths of home candle fires started in the bedroom. --More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle. SAFETY TIPS "CANDLE WITH CARE" --Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep. --Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. --Think about using flameless candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles. IF YOU DO BURN CANDLES, make sure that you... --Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won't tip over easily. --Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface. --Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame. --Don't burn a candle all the way down--put it out before it gets to close to the holder or container. --Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home. --Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles. CANDLES AND KIDS --Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle. Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children's reach, in a locked cabinet. All information is referenced from NFPA Public Education Division. To visit this site go to www.nfpa.org/education or click above on Department, then Fire Department, then Useful Links, and then National Fire Protection Agency.

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