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CANDLES ARE 2ND LEADING CAUSE OF HOUSE FIRES

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Never leave a burning candle unattended!

Did you know?

From 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 8,700 home structure fires that were started by candles per year. These fires caused an annual average of 82 deaths, 800 injuries and $295 million in direct property damage. 

During the five-year period of 2011-2015:

  • Candles caused 2% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 7% of home fire injuries, and 4% of the direct property damage in home fires.
  • Roughly one-third (37%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 36% of the associated deaths and 51% of the associated injuries.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 21% of the associated deaths.
  • On average, 24 home candle fires were reported per day. 
  • More than half (59%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 12% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.

Please remember to always follow the candle fire safety guidelines also found on candles.org. You can never be too careful!

Source: NFPA "Home Candle Fires" report

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