Candle safety

Candle with careAccording to the United States Fire Administration, candles cause an estimated 17,400 home fires, 180 deaths and 1,575 injuries each year. The top five days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, New Year's Day, New Year's Eve and Halloween.

Avoid using lit candles. If you do use them, remember to: 

  • Burn candles inside a three-foot "circle of safety", free of anything than can burn, such as curtains, furniture, blankets, papers and clothing.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Use a sturdy metal, glass or ceramic candleholder.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended - always make sure a grown up is in the room with the candle.
  • Extinguish candles when leaving the room.
  • Put candles out before going to bed or sleeping.
  • Never put lit candles on a tree, especially a Christmas tree.

Checking your home’s smoke alarms by pressing the test button and replacing any alarm that is 10 years of age or older.