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Practicing Safety When Burning Candles This Winter | SERVPRO® of Pascagoula

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

While many of us enjoy candles all throughout the year, between holiday decorations and a general ambiance of coziness, the winter months are when candle usage hits its peak for most. The National Fire Protection Association has found that Christmas Day is the day of the year that sees the most candle-related fire incidents, as many people use them in their decorations, which can lead to hazards. Fortunately, candles can still be enjoyed safely, as long as you follow some helpful guidelines for fire protection. As with any open flame, candles present a risk that can be effectively managed if you are careful and diligent about fire safety. Safety Tips for Using Candles This Winter Always Stay Alert When Burning Candles As with any open flame, the top safety tip is to always stay alert and make sure to not become distracted or let your guard down when it is lit. It has been found that 11% of candle-related fires were due to someone falling asleep while they were burning, so be sure you are always awake, alert and in the room before lighting a candle in the home. Keep Candles Clear of Combustibles Candles are often small, contained flames, but if they are placed too near anything that is combustible, they can quickly spread and cause chaos. Always place candles away from the clutter on tabletops, and ensure there are no drapes, fabric, paper or other combustible materials that the flame could potentially travel to. Be Safe During Power Outages Many fires that are caused because of candles have to do with power outages, but candles are not a good source of light if the electricity cuts out. Keep plenty of flashlights, lanterns and batteries in the home so you do not have to rely on candles if your lights are out for any period of time. Use Sturdy Candle Holders If you are using pillar candles or another type that must be set into a candle holder, be sure that it is a sturdy piece that will not easily tip over. Just in case, do not put these types of candles near anything that they could catch on fire if they were to tip. If you experience a house fire, we are here to help. You can get in touch with us no matter the hour to learn more or to report damages. Contact us today.

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