SERVPRO of Greensburg/Candle Safety
Millions of decorative candles are sold every year. They bring a soothing ambiance and different aromas for the rooms in your home.
Are Candles a Fire Hazard?
Candles might seem harmless on the surface until you look at how significant their damages can and have been in U.S. homes. FEMA estimates that there are more than 15.000 home candle fires every year, many resulting in injury for death.
Candle Fire Safety Tips
Here are a few tips to follow to reduce your risk of a fire in your home while your candle is burning:
- Burning candles should never be unattended.
- Candles should never be under shelves or other enclosed spaces.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.
- Candles should never be placed where children and pets can knock it over.
- To prevent uneven or rapid burning and excessive dripping avoid drafts, vents or air currents.
- Always put candles on a heat resistant surface.
- Use a suitable candle holder sturdy enough to avoid being easily knocked over.
- NEVER move or touch a candle while it is burning or while the wax is liquefied.
- Make sure that you have a working smoke detector in every room where you burn candles.
- Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer rather than blowing them out, a hot was can splatter.
Following a Candle Fire - Fire Restoration
Following these safety tips when you’re enjoying the candle aromas in your home, can lower your risk for a home fire in the future. If candles do happen to cause a home fire and you’re in need of fire restoration solutions, call SERVPRO of Greensburg at (724)837-8830. Our technicians will be respectful of your home and work with you to put your home back to home sweet home again.