Candles: Red Hot Romance or Danger?

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Romance Them with Fire Safety. 

The most romantic holiday of the year is days away and you’re planning for the perfect evening. Of course you have to set the mood with some luxurious candles but, make sure the only thing your igniting this Valentine’s Day is romance.

Beware of Hidden Danger.

It is important to protect your loved ones from not only the big stuff but the little stuff too. Fire safety is so important, even with small household candles. Remember, candles are still an open flame and fire hazard, regardless of how often you use them or how good they smell. 25 home candle fires are reported each day and an average of 18,000 home candle fires occur every year. Maybe we should reconsider that old saying that everyone looks better by candle light – I hear lamp light is just as beautiful. Show your significant other how much you care this Valentine’s Day by practicing fire safety and not letting an accident extinguish your romantic plans.firesafety_flameless_candle

Time and time again romantic movies have showed us that candles are a fun way to set a romantic mood, what they don’t show you are the fire damage risks and dangers that can come with that little candle. That beautiful bouquet of flowers in the center of the table, satin table cloth to make the meal elegant or curtains to keep things private all become fire hazards the moment you light a candle in the room. Roughly one third, 36% of home candle fires, start in the bedroom because someone forgot to blow out the candles before they went to sleep. You can set the mood in a safer way this Valentine’s Day with flame-less candles or opting to sit by the fireplace.

Heating Up on the Holiday.

It is okay if you decide to use candles, just make sure the fire alarms in your home are working properly and take precautions when lighting them – watch so that any loose clothing or long hair does not come into contact with the open flame. Heat things up the right way by safely burning candles:

  • Trim the wick each time you light.
  • Always use candleholder to avoid easy tip over.FireSafety_Blow_Candle_Out
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Place candle on stable, heat resistant, uncluttered surface – avoid places like beds, windowsills, etc.
  • Keep the wax pool clean.
  • Avoid drafty areas, vents or air currents that can blow the flame.
  • Never move or touch burning candles.
  • Don’t burn candles all the way down – dispose of them when burned down to 2 inches.
  • Never leave a candle unattended.
  • Leave 3 inches between multiple burning candles.
  • Don’t use a candle at all if oxygen, such as tanks, are used in the home.

Make sure that if you or your significant other become intoxicated at any point during the evening you blow out the candles. The danger and fire hazard increases as motor skills decrease. Stay on the safe side and put them out before they get knocked over or moved to an area with flammable objects. Don’t become a statistic, when the fun of the holiday is over; make sure you put out your candles:

  • The safest way is to use a candle snuffer.
  • Put out candles that have flames that are too large or flicker repeatedly.
  • Don’t use water to extinguish a candle, it can cause the hot wax to splash up.
  • Make sure the flame is completely out and the wick is no longer
  • Don’t touch the candle until it has completely cooled.
  • Don’t use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings.

Ignite the romance, not your home.

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