Candles are an optimal way to enhance ambiance to any occasion or environment. Their scents make the room inviting and cozy. Luckily, candle fires only make up a minor percentage of the cause behind residential fires. However, using candles can result in a fire emergency if you don’t handle it carefully. Recognizing the dangers and fire safety behind candle usage and understanding how to use them safely can prevent a fire emergency. Continue reading to learn how to handle candles with care.
How Prevalent are Candle Fires?
Even though kitchen fires or heater-related incidents tend to be more harmful, people still lose their lives by improperly handling candles. In addition, candle fires usually occur in the bedroom or when someone falls asleep without blowing out the candle.
A fire emergency also occurs when someone places a candle near flammable material. This is why fire safety is critical. These combustible materials include curtains, bedding, clothing, and paper products. In particular, candle fires happen during holidays, including New Year’s Day.
Preventing Candle Fires
Candles remain optimal, so it is easy to remember or walk off them. However, they can be uncontrollable if you don’t take precautions. Here are a few fire safety tips:
- Blow out your candles before going to bed or if you are no longer in the room
- Place candles in areas where pets or children can’t knock them over
- Also, blow out a candle if it burns within 2 inches of its holder
- Stay far away from open flames so your clothing doesn’t catch fire
- Keep candles away from any combustible materials, flammable liquids, or decorations
- Avoid placing a candle near a compressed air tank if you have one
What to Do During a Power Outage
Burning a candle is not the best thing during a power outage. Instead, battery-powered flashlights are ideal. If you must use a candle, ensure you do not walk and hold it simultaneously. Also, supervise your children. Lastly, never use them to inspect the pilot lights or gas appliances when you must fuel equipment.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480.