8 Candle Safety Tips

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Over the weekend, a house fire in Springfield caused more than $18,000 in damage.

What caused the fire?

Unattended candles.

For your safety and the protection of your property, our Fire and Rescue Department offers these tips:

  1. Do not place candles near combustible materials.
  2. Place candles in glass or ceramic containers.
  3. Place candles on a flat, sturdy surface.
  4. Never leave children unattended in a room with an open flame candle.
  5. Do not place candles on window ledges or near entryways. The potential air draft can “fan” the flame, catching curtains or other materials on fire.
  6. Do keep burning candles within sight at all times. Candles can present fire hazards outdoors on decks and patios as well as inside your home.
  7. Always extinguish candles before leaving the home.
  8. Place all candles on a protected, heat resistant, dry surface away from anything that can catch fire and out of the reach of children and pets.

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