Warm, Tranquil and Dangerous
The glow from a lighted candle can be a warming and tranquil sight. It’s no wonder why many people are more likely to burn candles during the winter months than any other time of year. While candles can create a more enjoyable atmosphere, it is good to remember that they are open flames and should be handled very carefully.
The following are candle safety tips found on the National Fire Protection Association website:
- Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
- Think about using flame-less candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles.
- Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
- Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
- Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
- Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
- Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
- Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.
Please use your candles responsibly. If you don't, then you may need to call SERVPRO Dartmouth/New Bedford And we would much rather you not have to make that phone call.