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This Holiday Season, Burn Candles Responsibly

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

The holiday season comes with many decorations, like Christmas trees and twinkling lights. Many people also like to line their homes with candles, creating a celebratory atmosphere and filling the room with tantalizing scents.

As much as we love candles, they can also pose a risk. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, over 7,500 home fires were started by candles per year from 2014 – 2018. While many of these fires were minor, some turned into serious blazes, claiming 81 lives, injuring 677 people and causing $278 million in property damage.

These types of fires peak during the holiday season, with an average of 21 home fires caused by candles reported each day. The peak day? Christmas.

Thankfully, using candles safely is not rocket science. The main thing you should remember is to keep your candles at least 12 inches from anything that could possibly catch on fire, and to blow them out when you’re done.

Stay safe this holiday season: burn candles responsibly.

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