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How To Safely Use Candles In Your Home

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Candles Candles can add a beautiful smell to a home, but you need to be careful.

While candles may be commonplace in homes across the country, they frequently cause house fires with an average of 23 home candle fires reported every day. Fortunately, there are many ways you can prevent a candle fire from ever occurring in your home.

Top Causes of Candles Fires

There are many reasons a candle fire can occur. One-third of fires begin in bedrooms and the top three days they occur are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Those most common situations that lead to candle fires include:

  • Candles being left too close to flammable materials
  • Forgetting to extinguish candles before leaving the home
  • Leaving a candle burning while sleeping

What To Do if a Fire Starts

If a candle fire ever happens in your home in [City, State], you need to know how to properly extinguish it. When putting out a candle fire, you should never use water, which causes it to spread. If the wax inside the candle catches fire, grab a cover to remove oxygen from the candle. If the flames spread to other parts of your home and get out of control, quickly contact the fire department and evacuate your home. If any fire damage occurs or your home is in need of smoke cleanup services, a fire damage cleanup company can help restore your home back to its original condition.

Candle Alternatives

The best way to prevent candles from causing a fire in your home is to keep them out of your house entirely. There are many candle alternatives to consider including:

  • Incense
  • Flameless candle
  • Essential oil diffuser
  • Wax warmer
  • Oil warmer
  • Stick diffuser

While candles are often used for giving off a warm, romantic light and an appealing aroma, they can cause a candle fire if used incorrectly. It is important to always use candles responsibly or to try out any of the candle alternatives listed in this guide. Visit http://www.SERVPROWestfield.com/ for more information on fire loss. 

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