Candle and Fire Safety at Home
Being safe with candles in your Staten Island home, and why-
The facts about candles:
- 38% of home fires caused by candles start in bedrooms and cause 35% of fire related deaths.
- More than half of all candle home fires start because the candle was too close to an incognito source like a: mattresses, bedding, curtains, cabinetry, or furniture.
- 12% of home candle fires the occupants were asleep, and 25% of these cases were associated deaths and injuries.
- Unsupervised children are involved in 20% of home candle fires.
- Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
Tips to prevent disaster-
- Remember that lit candles are fire.
- Keep them at least 12 inches from anything that can become an ignition source
- Never leave the house, or go to sleep before blowing out all lit candles.
- Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily.
- Using candle holders that are made from a material that cannot burn, and are large enough to collect dripping wax is also a smart idea.
- Place candles where they cannot be touched by pets or children.
- During an emergency, opt for flashlights instead of candles as a light source.
- Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle. Additionally, keep all other fire sources out of reach of children.
- Keep all lit candles and any other open flames away from flammable liquids.