Candles are a beautiful and economical way to light our homes during these dark winter months. Their gentle glow warms our spirit and calms our mind at the end of a busy day
Mindfulness is a must in activities involving potentially hazardous items. Fire must always be treated with respect.
Nearly a third of home candle fires begin in bedrooms and are responsible for about 40% of associated deaths and injuries.
Although December is a peak time for home candle fires because of the holidays, the possibility is higher through the winter months due to fewer hours of sunlight.
While the danger of fire is ever-present due to people falling asleep before extinguishing candles, it is higher than normal from December through February. Cold dark days make it way to easy to get jump into our favorite chair or on top of the bed to watch TV where drowsiness is just an eye blink away.
Other causes of home candle fires include combustible materials having been left near the flame source or coming too close in passing.
Low humidity levels in the winter make this especially important when using candles anywhere in your home.
- If you use candles in the bedroom, be sure they are a foot or more away from things that can burn. They should be in a container that will not tip over easily.
- Set at least one alarm in case you fall asleep to ensure that you blow the candles out. It is dangerous for a candle to burn all the way down to its holder.
- Keep surfaces anywhere you burn candles free from clutter.
- Tie back hair and secure loose clothing before lighting candles.
- During a power outage, use flashlights or battery-powered lights instead of candles.
- Store candles, matches, and lighters safely out of reach of children.
If one of your goals this year is to develop your own home emergency evacuation plan, read this.