Be Careful When Burning Candles
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
News Release 12-73
Date: October 03, 2012
Candles, when properly used, can provide ambiance and add warmth and coziness to a home. Candles are also often used when severe weather causes a power outage, leaving homeowners in the dark. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 23,600 candle-related fires occurred in homes annually. Approximately 165 deaths and 1,525 injuries are attributed to candle-related fires. Approximately $390 million in direct property loss is reported every year. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department recommends residents use products such as battery-operated or electric candles and flashlights. If residents elect to use open-flame candles, follow these recommended safety tips:
Candle Safety Tips
- Do not place candles near combustible materials.
- Place candles in glass or ceramic containers.
- Place candles on a flat, sturdy surface.
- Never leave children unattended in a room with an open flame candle.
- 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.
- 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.
- Always extinguish candles before leaving the home.
- 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.
REMEMBER-Candle fires are preventable!
For more information, contact the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department or visit your local fire and rescue station. You can also visit our website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr.
For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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