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Protecting Your Home: 10 Tips to Prevent Candle Fires

12/20/2023 (Permalink)

A kitchen with fire damage. By following these 10 tips, you can enjoy the cozy glow of candles without putting your home at risk of a fire.

Your safety is a top priority, and today we're here to discuss a common household hazard - candle fires. Candles can create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home, but if not handled with care, they can also pose a significant fire risk. In this blog, we'll provide you with essential tips to prevent candle fires and keep your home safe.

  1. Choose Safe Candle Types

Opt for flameless LED candles, which can provide a realistic glow without the risk of an open flame. They are a safe and energy-efficient alternative to traditional candles.

  1. Keep Candles Away from Flammable Materials

Place candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire, such as curtains, tablecloths, and paper products.

  1. Use Proper Candle Holders

Select sturdy, non-combustible candle holders to secure your candles. Make sure they are the appropriate size for the candle and won't tip over.

  1. Trim Wick Length

Trim candle wicks to about 1/4 inch to prevent excessive smoke and uneven burning. A long, unruly wick can lead to a larger flame and an increased risk of fire.

  1. Never Leave Candles Unattended

Always extinguish candles before leaving a room or going to bed. Consider using a timer to ensure they are not left burning.

  1. Place Candles on Stable Surfaces

Keep candles on a stable, flat surface, away from drafts that can cause them to flicker or tip over.

  1. Create a "No-Candle Zone"

Keep candles out of reach of children and pets. Educate your family about the dangers of open flames and establish a "no-candle zone" where children should not enter.

  1. Avoid Overcrowding

Do not place too many candles in a small area. Overcrowding can increase the risk of accidents, especially when moving around.

  1. Be Mindful of Candle Placement

Avoid placing candles in high-traffic areas or where they can be easily knocked over. This is especially important in homes with young children or pets.

  1. Install Smoke Detectors

Ensure you have working smoke detectors in your home, especially near areas where you use candles. Regularly check and change the batteries to keep them operational.

Candles can add a touch of ambiance to your home, but safety should always come first. By following these 10 tips, you can enjoy the cozy glow of candles without putting your home at risk of a fire. Remember, prevention is key, but in the event of a fire emergency, contact SERVPRO® of San Diego East for professional fire damage restoration services. Stay safe, and protect your home and loved ones from the threat of candle fires.

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