One small flame resulted in one large fire for a West Seattle family early this morning. Just after 6:30 a.m. firefighters responded to a reported house fire in the 5600 block of 25 Ave SW. When firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting from the front door of the one-story home. Five residents of the house were able to get out of the house on their own. Firefighters attacked the fire and knocked down the smoke and flames in about 20 minutes. There were no injuries. Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental – caused by candles left burning and unattended. Damage was estimated at $200,000.
Candles are used in 70% of American households, yet a study by the National Fire Protection Association shows that only 30% of adults who use candles have a specific household rule to never leave a burning candle unattended. The Seattle Fire Department suggests the following candle safety rules:
- Always keep burning candles within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
- Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
- Keep burning candles away from items that can catch on fire such as furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, etc.
- If light is needed during a power outage, use batttery-operated light source instead of candles.