Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Be Careful With Candles

As Autumn is now here, with Winter (or the potential for winter weather) approaching, please take a few minutes to review the following information and be safety conscious when it comes to candles. When a storm hits and the electricity goes out at night, most of us will go in search of some candles and/or flashlights, (and in the process bump into numerous items of furniture, stubbing toes or bruising shins, but that's another tip for another time).  For now, let's concentrate on being safe when using candles.

Most of these tips are simply common sense.  However, as a good friend of mine likes to say, "Common sense is anything but common."

If you're going to use candles, just make sure to:

  • Keep them at least 12 inches away from anything that could catch fire.
  • Use candle holders that won't easily tip over.
  • Put them only on surfaces that are level, sturdy, and free from clutter.
  • Don't let them burn all the way down. 
  • If oxygen is being used in the house, never, ever use candles.
  • Blow out all the candles before going to bed or leaving your house, even for just a little while.  

More great tips can be found on the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) web site: www.nfpa.org.

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