Candles, Lighters & Matches

Candles may be pretty to look at, but they are a common cause of home fires—and home fire deaths. Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means it can easily ignite anything that can burn. Place all candles, matches, and lighters out of reach of children. Never leave kids alone in a room with a burning candle. Don't allow teens to have candles in the bedrooms.

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  • Using candles with flame-protective, non-combustible shades or globes.
  • Using a sturdy metal, glass or ceramic candle holder.
  • Avoiding the use of candles with embedded combustible decorative items.
  • Placing candles at least 4 feet away from curtains, draperies, decorations, blinds and bedding.
  • Placing candles out of reach of small children and pets.
  • Refraining from using decorative/floral candle rings.
  • Extinguishing candles before leaving the room.
  • Extinguishing candles when they burn within two inches of the holder.
  • Never leaving burning candles unattended. Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Thinking about using flameless candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles.
  • Never using a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Having flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.