A bouquet of flowers, dinner for two, and mood lighting provided by glowing, flickering candles. These are the ingredients for a memorable Valentine’s Day. But be careful. As you stoke the flames of romance you don’t want a crew of firefighters to be your uninvited guests.
NFPA’s Candle Fires Report tells us that, on average, 32 home candle fires were reported to fire departments per day from 2006 to 2010, and more than half of all home candle fires start when something that can burn is left or comes too close to a candle.
Here are some safety tips:
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
- Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily.
- Consider using battery operated flameless candles. They look and smell like real candles.
You’ll find more candle safety tips and general safety information on the NFPA web site as part of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign. NFPA and the United States Fire Administration want to make sure that everyone using candles takes the time to learn about safety.