I use candles in my home. However, I have one candle, it is in a sturdy container, I keep it on top of my stovetop and blow it out when I leave the room. Candles bring a positive, cozy mood to my home. I use them, but I understand that a candle is an open flame and extra precautions need to be taken.
I was saddened to learn of the fire last Friday morning in the West Hollywood apartment of Ashley Greene. Everyone knows Ashley from “Twilight”. A USA Today article indicated the cause of the fire was a candle left burning which ignited a sofa. Fortunately Ashley, her boyfriend and brother were able to get out of the apartment safely. However, Ashley lost one of her dogs in the blaze.
Help me spread the important candle safety information NFPA has created to help consumers use candles safely. Our candle safety tips sheet has the information you need to prevent candle fires. Once you find our safety tips page, scroll down to the second line of tip sheets where you will find candle safety.
I imagine the outcome of this fire would have been different if the condominium had a fire sprinkler system. A home fire sprinkler system responds quickly to a nearby fire. In fact, sprinklers may contain and even extinguish a home fire in less time than it typically takes the fire department to arrive. If you are building or remodeling your home or choosing an apartment or condominium, consider a home fire sprinkler system for your safety.