Candle Safety Tips
General Candle Safety
- Remember: A candle is an open flame. It can easily ignite any
- Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Keep candles away from items that can catch fire (e.g. clothing,
books, paper, curtains, Christmas trees, flammable decorations).
- Use candleholders that are sturdy, will not tip over easily, are
made from a material that cannot burn and are large enough to
collect dripping wax.
- Do not place lit candles in windows, where blinds and curtains can
close over them.
- Place candleholders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface and do not
use candles in places where they could be knocked over by children
- When purchasing or using candles, consider what would happen if
the candle burned low. Could it burn the candleholder or decorative
material nearby? Extinguish candles when they get within two inches
of the holder or decorative material.
- Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids.
- Keep candlewicks trimmed to one-quarter inch and extinguish taper
and pillar candles when they get to within two inches of the holder
or decorative material. Votives and containers should be
extinguished before the last half-inch of wax starts to melt.
- Avoid candles with combustible items embedded in them. Try to
avoid carrying a lit candle. Do not use a lit candle when searching
for items in a confined space.
- Never use a candle for a light when checking pilot lights or
fueling equipment such as a kerosene heater or lantern. The flame
may ignite the fumes
|Holidays and Candles
- December is the peak month for candle fires, with nearly twice the
average number of incidents.
- Never use real candles to decorate a Christmas tree. Open flames
from candles often lead to fire.
- Follow all the general safety tips listed above.
|Kids and Candles
- Use candles only with constant adult supervision.
- Keep candles up high out of reach of children.
- Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle. A child
should not sleep in a room with a lit candle.
- Do not allow children or teens to have candles in their bedrooms.
- Store candles, matches and lighters up high and out children's
sight and reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.
- Do not put candles in a location where children or pets could
knock them over.
|General Fire Safety Tips
- Keep children away from open flames and electrical receptacles.
- Make sure your smoke alarm is maintained and working properly.
- Have a smoke alarm in every level of your house.
- Keep your emergency numbers near the telephone.
- Always call the fire department for any fire, even if the fire has
been completely extinguished.
- Have a fire evacuation plan and practice it with your family!
- Observe all the general fire safety tips
- Try to avoid carrying a lit candle. When you carry a lit candle,
you are carrying something that could start a fire. Do not use a
candle to go into the closet to look for things; it could easily
catch items on fire.
- Never use a candle for light when fueling equipment such as a
kerosene heater or lantern. The flame may ignite the fumes.
- Extinguish all candles when leaving the house or when going to
- Flashlights and other lights generated by batteries are much safer
light sources than candles. Consider using flashlights instead of
- Using these simple rules coupled with common sense may help keep
your family safe throughout the year.