How Many House Fires Are Caused by Candles?

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Candles are among the nation’s leading causes of fires in the home. If you’re burning candles for scent or ambience, make sure you’re taking steps to avoid a crisis.

Why Candle Fire Safety Matters

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to about 9,300 home structure fires started by candles between 2009 and 2013.

Those fires led to 86 deaths, 827 injuries, and $374 million in direct property damage. During that same 5 year period, 36% of home candle fires started in bedrooms. On average, 25 home candle fires were reported per day.

New Year’s Day, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve were the days with the highest rates of home candle fires.

Nearly 60% of home candle fires start when a combustible material gets too close to a candle’s flame.

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Avoid home candle firesGood Candle Fire Safety

You can avoid death, injury, and property damage by making sure you burn candles responsibly.

Your candles should be kept at least 12 inches from anything that might burn, like magazines, books, tablecloths, and other easily combustible material.

Don’t leave your candles unattended. As with most fire safety concerns, negligence can invite fire damage. If you’re leaving the room or going to sleep, be sure to blow out your candles first.

You would also do well to burn candles with sturdy bases that won’t tip over easily. Children should not be unattended with candles, and you’re better off with a flashlight in the event of a blackout.

To guarantee you don’t have a home candle fire, the only surefire approach is to forego candle burning in the first place.

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