Important tips for candle fire safety

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Small and seemingly inconspicuous, candles are typical items in most homes that can cause dramatic damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association, candles were the cause of more than 8600 home fires. They are also to blame for 82 deaths, 800 injuries, and $295 million in direct property damage.

When used properly and safely, candles can be a beautiful and enjoyable part of your home.

Per the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 85% of candle fires can be prevented when three basic rules are followed:

1. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
2. Never burn a candle on or near anything that may catch on fire.
3. Keep candle out of the reach of children and pets.

Following these three rules will help reduced any possible issues. Other safety tips to keep in mind:

1. Keep at least one foot, in all directions, between candles and combustibles such as decorations, bedding, or curtains.
2. Make sure that curtains are secured and cannot be blown over the candle by wind.
3. Burn candles on a sturdy, non combustible holders that cannot tip over easily and are large enough to collect dripping wax.
4. Keep candle wicks trimmed to 1/4″ and extinguish them when there are 2″ of wax remaining or 1/2″ if the candle is in a container.
5. Extinguish all candles before you leave the house or go to bed.

Things can happen regardless of situation. Contact Carney Insurance Services if you have any questions regarding your home insurance coverages.

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