TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the National Fire Protection Agency is encouraging people to be extra careful when using candles during a romantic evening.
According to NFPA data from 2014 to 2018, fire departments in the United States responded to an average of 7,600 home fires started by candles each year.
“Candles bring a warm glow to the room that can make an occasion like Valentine’s Day feel even more special, but they do present fire risks and need to be used with caution,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.
The organization says candles were the third leading cause of bedroom fires and fourth leading cause of living room fires, as well as the sixth leading cause of home fire injuries.
The NFPA recommends using battery-operated candles, which eliminate the risk of fire-lit candles. Now, if you will use real candles on Valentine’s Day, the NFPA recommends to do so safely. Here are some tips:
- Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.
- Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily.
- Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
- Blow out all candles before you leave a room or go to bed.
- Never leave children alone in a room with a burning candle.
- 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.
- Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
Happy Valentine’s Day.