Keep safety first when using candles for celebrations

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Nov 27, 2013

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Hanukkah begins today at sundown. Family and friends gather to light a candle of the menorah each night of the eight-day observance to remember the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom. Hanukkah, also known as the "Festival of Lights," is one of many commemorations in which candles play a key role.

Menorah photoAs part of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign, NFPA and the United States Fire Administration want to make sure that everyone using candles takes the time to learn about safety.

NFPA’s Candle Fires Report tells us that, on average, 32 home candle fires were reported to fire departments per day from 2006 to 2010, and more than half of all home candle fires start when something that can burn is left or comes too close to a candle.

NFPA’s religious candle safety tips and general candle safety tips provide important information to help us keep commemorations, celebrations, and recreational activities involving candles safe, meaningful, and enjoyable.