LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With more than 100,000 people in Central Arkansas going on day four of having no power, many people are getting by using candles for light and warmth. But using more candles can be more dangerous. FEMA shares these tips for staying safe with candles around.
Causes and Circumstances of Home Candle Fires
• On average, 42 home candle fires are reported every day.
• More than half of all candle fires start when something that could burn, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations is too close to the candle.
• In one-fifth (20%) of candle fires, the candles are unattended or abandoned.
• Over one-third (36%) of home candle fires begin in the bedroom.
• Falling asleep is a factor in 12% of home candle fires and 36% of the associated deaths.
• December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 13% of home candle fires begin with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
• One-half of home candle fire deaths occur between Midnight and 6 am.
• Young children and older adults have the highest death risk from candle fires.
• The risk of fatal candle fires appears higher when candles are used for light.
Sources: NFIRS, NFPA
Candle Safety Tips
Put candles in sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holders.
• Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and fell like real candles
• If you do use candles, ensure they are in sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holders and placed where they cannot be easily knocked down.
• Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas.
• Extinguish candles after use and before going to bed.
• Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.
• Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.