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The City of Titusville, Florida / Fire & Emergency Services / NewsCandle Safety
||USE CANDLES WITH CARE DURING THE HOLIDAYS!
FIRE CAUSES IN THE HOME
- 10,630 – estimated number of home structure fires as the result of candles yearly.
- 115 – estimated number of deaths as the result of candles each year.
- 903- estimated number of fire injuries from candles each year.
- $418 million – estimate of direct property damage as the result of candle usage.
- 29 - estimated candle fires that are reported daily!
- Over half the candle fires involve the following items: 11% mattress or bedding, 11% furniture or utensils, 9% started with a curtains, blinds or draperies, 7% started when cabinetry caught on fire and 6% were the result of upholstered furniture catching on fire.
- 12% of home candle fires were in the month of December.
- December accounts for 1.5 times the monthly average of 8% of cause of fires.
- December candle fires start with combustible seasonal decorations.
- December is the most dangerous month due to increase in candle use because of the holidays and flammable items that are placed around candles.
- Top three days for candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day!
- Blow candles out if you leave the room or go to bed.
- Candles should be kept 12 inches away from any thing that can burn.
- Use flameless candles, they look and smell like real candles.
- Use candleholders that are sturdy, and will not tip over easily.
- Place candleholders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
- Light candles carefully! Keep hair and loose clothing away from the flame.
- Keep all children away from candles at all times.
- Do not burn a candle all the way down, put out beforehand.
- Never use a candle if bottled oxygen is in use in the home.
- Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.
For more information go to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): www.nfpa.org
or contact Titusville Life Safety Specialist Heather Gilmore, email@example.com 321-567-3804
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