Candles may look nice, but they’re a growing fire threat in our
Candles may look nice, but they’re a
growing fire threat in our communities. For additional Safety Tips Please
Contact the Danbury
Fire Department, Fire Marshal’s Division, 203.796.1541, Fire Marshal Barry Rickert.
Reducing the risk
Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Extinguish all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Almost half
of all home fires started by candles begin in the bedroom. NFPA
discourages the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people
may fall asleep.
Keep candles at least one foot away from anything
that can burn including curtains, blinds, wallpaper, clothing or any other
material that can catch fire.
Don’t place lit candles in windows or near
doorways where drafts could bring combustibles in contact with the flame.
Keep candles away from flammable liquids.
“Candle with Care”
Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over
easily, are made from a material that can’t burn, and are large enough to
collect dripping wax.
Place candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered
surface—away from edges and any place where they could be knocked over by
kids or pets.
Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any
loose clothing away from the flame.
Keep candle wicks trimmed to one-quarter inch.
Extinguish candles when they burn down to within
two inches of their holder or any decorative material.
Extinguish candles carefully, using a long-handled
candle snuffer or a soft, directed breath. Be careful not to splatter wax
when extinguishing. Do not leave the room until wicks have stopped
Avoid using candles during a power outage. Have
flashlights and battery-powered lighting on hand for emergency lighting. –
link to national fuel fund info.
Candles and kids
Never leave a child unattended in a room with a
Don’t allow kids or teens to burn candles in their
Don’t let kids play with candles or dripping wax –
or with materials that could catch fire near candles.
Store matches and lighters up high and out of
children’s sight and reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.