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5 Candle Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

11/28/2022 (Permalink)

Three candles in a home that are following candle safety practices. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to help combat a candle fire disaster.

Understanding candle safety can help prevent devastating fires on your property.

With many different scents, it's no wonder that candles have become such a popular way to enjoy peace and quiet while transforming spaces through smell. However, as much as we love them, candles can pose a serious fire hazard if they're not used correctly.

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek want you to understand candle safety to help keep your family and home safe from fire damage. We receive numerous calls for fire damage restoration after a candle fire every year. Therefore, we intimately know the devastation they can cause. But the worst part about candle fires is that most of the time, they are preventable.

The following blog post will discuss five candle safety tips every homeowner should know. Educating yourself on candle fire safety can help prevent a dangerous situation in your home.

Candle fire statistics

Before diving into candle safety tips, let's look at candle fire statistics. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are about 20 home fires caused by candles daily, with the days around Christmas being the peak of candle fires. Of note, three of every five home candle fires occurred when a combustible material was too close to the candle flame.

Candle safety tips

With the holiday season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to review candle safety tips. By taking a few moments to educate yourself on candle fire safety, you can help prevent a dangerous situation in your home. Here are our five candle safety tips:

1) Keep candles away from flammable and combustible objects

Keeping candles away from flammable and combustible objects may seem like an obvious safety tip, but it's often overlooked. Removing all flammable items within a one-foot safety circle around a burning candle is essential. One of the locations often overlooked is the window seal. Drapes and blinds are highly flammable, so it is vital never to place candles in windows near blinds or curtains.

2) Don't leave burning candles unattended

This candle safety tip is crucial: never leave a candle burning unattended, even for a short period. If you have to leave the room, blow out all the candles before you go.

3) Use candle holders that are sturdy and won't tip over

When choosing a candle holder, please select a sturdy one that won't tip over easily. Glass candle holders are a good option because they are less likely to tip over than other types of candle holders. Also, place candles on stable surfaces.

4) Keep candles out of reach of children and pets

Keep candles out of reach of children and pets because of the risk of knocking them over. In addition, the flame can be harmful if touched, and candle wax can also cause burns.

5) Trim all candle wicks

When candle wicks are too long, they can produce taller flames that are more likely to cause a fire. So be sure to trim candle wicks to about ¼ inch before each use.

Following these candle safety tips can help prevent a fire in your home. However, knowing the best company to contact when a fire occurs is essential to being prepared for a fire disaster. 

Trust SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek to combat any fire damage

Today, we discussed five candle safety tips every homeowner should know. Candle fires are preventable, but if one does occur in your home, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are here to help.

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is a fire damage restoration company that understands the devastation a fire can cause and will work quickly to restore your home to its pre-fire condition. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle all aspects of the fire damage restoration process.

Please get in touch with us today if you have questions about our fire damage restoration services or candle safety tips. We are always here to help!

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