Burning Candles Safely

In recent years, candle use in Canadian homes has grown dramatically.  Though the ambiance and mood created by candle light is enjoyable (and often necessary during a power outage) it’s important you keep candle safety in mind every time you light one.

Every year hundreds of fires are started as a result of candle use.  Candles left unattended account for 45% of all candle fires. These fires result in millions of dollars in property damage, as well as numerous injuries and deaths each year. Candle fires are preventable in many ways. Below are some simple guidelines to help prevent fires from occurring from open flame candles.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.

  • Do not place candles near combustible objects such as curtains, clothing, walls, books, holiday decorations, flammable liquids, etc.

  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over easily, made from a non-combustible material and large enough to safely catch dripping wax.

  • Avoid walking with lit candles. Allow candles to cool before handling, trimming wicks, or re-lighting.

  • Don’t place burning candles near windows or doorways where a draft could bring the open flame into contact with combustible materials.

  • Store candles, matches, and lighters up high and out of sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.

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