What Mistakes To Avoid When Burning A Candle

Fire Safety

There’s a special charm and relaxing sense with candles, but a lighted candle is an open flame and a fire hazard if we are not paying attention to it.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2009-2013, U.S. Fire Department responded to 9,300 home structure fires that were started by candles causing 86 deaths, 827 injuries and $374 million in property damages. Candles caused 3% of reported home fire deaths, 6% home fire injuries and 5% fire property damage.

How To Safety Burn A Candle


Make sure to trim the wick 1/4 inch each time before burning the candle, clean the burned out wick after you blow the fire off, just make sure the wax has cool down first. Always use candle holder, it should be heat resistant, sturdy and big enough to contain any drips or melted wax, make sure to clean it before and after you have burt your candle. Burn candle in well ventilated rooms, never leave the candle alone in the bathroom with the door closed.

Candle Fire Statistic

From 2009-2013 according to the National Fire Protection Association, 36% of home fires started in the bedroom, caused 32% of associated deaths and 47% of the associated injuries. On average 25 home candle fires were reported per day. Falling asleep was a factor in 11% of the fires and 30% of related deaths. More than 58% of home candle fires occurred when the flame made contact with some combustible materials that were left or came too close to the candle.

December is the peak time for home candle fires. In December 11% of home candle fires began with decoration, compared to 4% the rest of the year. Report by Marty Ahrens.

But, how can we prevent being the next fire casualty caused by a candle ? Firs of all, use common sense and never leave a lighted candle unattended.

  • Keep away from reach of children and pets.

  • Do Not Fall asleep while candle is burning.

  • Keep container and holders clean, trim the wick, remove any debris from candle before and after lighting it.

  • Do not try to melt the candle in the microwave, it can lead to an explosion.

  • Keep away form curtains, or flammable objects.

  • Lighting candles around the house might seem romantic at times, but always keep in mind that safety must come first.

****This data was taken from the National Fire Protection Association and National Candle Association.

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