Candles cause an estimated 15,000 fires in residential homes, 150 fatalities, and approximately 1300 injuries each year. Additionally, 540 million dollars in property damage
Over 1/2 of those candle fires start because the candle is too close to some combustible material. As we celebrate this holiday season , the Bureau of Fire Prevention reminds residents to observe safety guidelines when using candles
If you are going to use candles (battery operated candles make a great substitute) ensure they are in a sturdy metal,glass, or ceramic holders where they cannot be easily knocked over
Keep candles out of reach of children and pets
NEVER leave the house with candles burning or unattended
Use good comman sense and maintain your early warning devices .
Increasingly, firefighters across the nation arrive on the scene of a deadly fire to discover, destruction had begun from something so harmless looking as a candle. Each day there will be approximately 35 fires started by unattended candles. Help us to help you to prevent fires