Lisa Braxton

Use care when celebrating with candles

Blog Post created by Lisa Braxton Employee on Dec 26, 2013

 

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NFPA and the United States Fire Administration, as part of their “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign, want to make sure that everyone using candles for observances, celebrations, and commemorations, takes precautions.


 

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, general candle safety tips, and my video on candle safety provide important information to help us enjoy candles safely.


 


 

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