Did you know that December is the peak time of the year for candle home fires?
The popular usage of candles to celebrate winter holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years means there will be more candles burning indoors than usual. Although candles help us light up the holidays, set the mood, and fill our homes with delicious aromas, they are a dangerous fire hazard if not properly placed and monitored.
Be sure to follow these candle safety tips to keep your family safe during the holiday season.
- Put candles in sturdy glass, ceramic, or metal holders that are capable of catching melted wax run-off.
- Keep lit candles at least 12” away from combustible items.
- Place candles in a safe area where they cannot be easily knocked over.
- Avoid using candles in bedrooms or other sleeping areas.
- Make sure candles are kept out of reach of children or pets.
- Do not use candles in areas where medical oxygen is in use.
- Never use candles to decorate a Christmas tree or wreath.
- Keep candle wicks trimmed down to ¼ inch, and extinguish candles when they burn down to 2” from the holder.
- Space burning candles at least 3” apart.
- Do not place lit candles near window drapes, bedding, or carpets.
- Keep burning candles within your line of sight, and never leave candles burning unattended.
If you’re not up to face the risks associated with candles, you can always go for battery-operated flameless candles. They can provide the same ambiance of regular candles, except without the fire hazards. Check your local stores for battery-operated candles.
ServiceMaster Absolute wishes you a happy & safe holiday season!
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