Tragedy in France reminds us of the potential dangers of candles

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Aug 11, 2016

Candle Safety.JPGFor many of us, a birthday celebration wouldn’t be complete without candles to blow out. But let’s not forget that this tradition, which has brought joy to so many people of all ages, has the potential to cause serious harm or death due to mishaps.

A fire and explosion recently in the French city of Rouen was caused by someone carrying a birthday cake with lit candles. According to USA Today, police say the person tripped and fell on stairs leading to a basement bar. Soundproofing material on the ceiling of the basement of the Cuba Libre bar caught on fire from the candles and emitted toxic gas.

Most of the people who died were killed by the gas. Six others were hurt. One was in a critical condition.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said more than 50 firefighters were called to the fire. An inquiry is underway.

NFPA’s candle information web page as well as the Candle Safety and Religious Candle Safety tip sheets outline precautions that should be taken when using candles.



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