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Candle Safety
Updated On: Dec 358, 2008

Candle Fire Safety

Information on candle fires available on-line:

Candle Safety Day- December 8, 2008
The second Monday in December has been established as Candle Safety Day by MGL C.6: S.12XX to promote the safe use of candles in the Commonwealth and recommending that said day be observed in an appropriate manner by the people.

146 Candle Fires Caused 2 Civilian Deaths
In 2007, candles caused 146 fires of all types. These fires caused two civilian deaths, 14 civilian injuries, seven firefighter injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $5.1 million in damages. There was a 20% decrease from the 182 fires of all types started by candles in Massachusetts in 2006.

Candle Fires Happen Most During the Holidays
Between 2003 and 2007, the day of the year the most candle fires occurred was December 24, Christmas Eve with 11 reported candle fires. December 20  also had 11 reported candle fires during the same time period. Halloween had the third most candle fires with 10. November 28 had the fourth most candle fires during any one day of the year during the past five years with nine.

Most Candle Fires Happen at Home – Many in the bedroom.
Over 94% of candle fires occurred in homes. Nearly half, 45%,  of candle fires in homes occurred in the bedroom. Smoke detectors operated in 60% of candle fires in homes.

Candle Safety Tips
  • Burn candles in the center of a 1-foot Circle of Safety, free of anything that can burn.
  • Stay in the same room with burning candles; do not leave unattended.
  • Burn candles on a non-combustible surface such as a ceramic saucer, or plate.
  • Be sure to snuff out candles before falling asleep, going out, or leaving the room.
  • Teach everyone in the family the rules of safe candle use.
  • Keep candles out of reach of small children and pets.

This information is from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services

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