|CANDLES CAN BE MORE DANGEROUS |
THAN YOU THINK
Over the past year, there have been several incidents in which candles have caused fires resulting in extensive damage. Recently, various types of candles have been recalled by manufacturers after several reports have deemed them a fire hazard. Misuse and carelessness have also contributed to fires by burning candles.
The Enfield Fire Chiefs Association reminds you to think about what you are doing when burning candles and to be safe in doing it. Here are some helpful tips and facts to consider:
- Make sure the flame is not too high and that there is nothing above it that can easily ignite (such as curtains or drapes).
- Be careful where you place the candle in the room. Hot wax can ignite furniture and your rug if it gets exposed.
- Put your candle in a proper container and make sure it can hold the melted wax. It’s best to use a holder specifically made and intended for candles. Miscellaneous containers/dishes made of glass, plastic or other materials pose a threat. Several reports have shown glass containers breaking from and exposing hot wax.
- Be aware of the toxic gas the flame puts off. Make sure you don’t use too many candles at once and have a place for the flames to vent.
- NEVER LEAVE A BURNING CANDLE UNATTENDED.
For information on recalled candles, you can contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission or check its website at www.cpsc.gov.