The holiday season is in full swing, and candles are a popular addition to any home. While candles are great for the ambience they create, they also come with a risk. In fact, the top three days for residential candle fires in the United States occur during the holiday season – on New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.
1. Never leave a burning candle unattended. consider lighting candles for a few hours before guests arrive to scent your home and blow them out when the party gets started. Never burn a candle in an area where you might fall asleep.
2. Deck the halls, but space things out. When decorating your home, keep candles away from anything that may catch fire. Watch out for items such as greenery, decorations, and curtains. Consider displaying an electric menorah in your window instead of candles, and save the candles for a sturdy open space like a table. Always make sure that candles are placed at least 3 inches apart.
3. Keep candles out of any pets or children! Make sure your lit candles are just as inaccessible to children and pets to reduce the risk of accidents. Placing them up high and out-of-reach is your best bet. This will also help to make sure they are not toppled over if you many people moving around a room.