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Holiday Fire Safety Tips: Candles and Incense

According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2014 to 2018, US fire departments responded to an average of 7,600 home fires started by candles per year. These fires cause an annual average of 81 civilian deaths and 677 civilian injuries, as well as $278 million in property damage.

During this period, candles were the third leading cause of bedroom fires, the fourth leading cause of living room fires and the sixth leading cause of home fire injuries. 

Candles aren’t only for birthday cakes and while flameless candles are the safest way to go, we know burning candles and incense are an important part of many religious, cultural, spiritual and personal celebrations. As we continue to enjoy this season’s important holidays, please pay special attention to the following Candle & Incense Safety Tips to keep your entire family safe:

  • Keep candles at least 12+ inches from anything that can burn.
  • Candleholders should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface and where they won’t be knocked over.
  • Blow out all candles before you leave a room or go to bed.
  • Keep candles, incense, matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.

Please watch our new incense & candle fire safety video:

National Fire Protection Association: Candles Safety

National Fire Protection Association: Religious Candles Safety