California candle fire offers reminder of heightened risk during the holiday season

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Dec 21, 2017

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Fire officials say a Northwest Fresno woman woke up in the early morning hours recently to find her house on fire. She was unable to call 911 and had to run to a neighbor’s house to call. According to news reports, all four people in the home were able to escape. Firefighters say the homeowner was burning a candle which sparked the blaze. The people in the home attempted to put the fire out themselves but were unable to.

Candle fires are more common during the winter holidays. They peak in December. January ranks second. The top four days four candle fires in the home are New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and Christmas Eve. More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle. Examples include furniture, mattresses, bedding, and curtains.

Project Holiday, NFPA’s annual campaign to educate the public on potential fire risks during the holiday includes candle safety tips, along with tips on Christmas tree, holiday decorating, and cooking safety. In addition, the campaign includes timely videos, safety-related activity sheets for children, statistics, fact sheets, and reports.