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Pine Mountain Georgia Fire Department Safety


Be Safe Using Candles

Candles can be pretty and they can provide a variety of pleasant smells in your home – but they are also responsible for a number of houses and deaths every year.

A candle is an open flame that can easily ignite any combustible material near the candle. Because candle fires can spread so quickly, it’s essential that you have working smoke alarms in your residence and a home fire escape plan ready to go.

 Here are some important safety tips to remember:

• Never leave a burning candle unattended.

• Extinguish all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.

• Keep pets and small children away from candles.

• Keep candles at least one foot away from anything that can burn including curtains, blinds, wallpaper, clothing or any other material that can catch fire.

• Don’t place lit candles in windows or near doorways where drafts could bring combustibles in contact with the flame or people or pets might inadvertently knock the candle over.

• Keep candles away from flammable liquids.

• Use candle holders that are sturdy and will not tip over easily.

• Make sure candle holders are made from a material that will not burn, and are large enough to collect dripping wax.

• Place candle holders on a sturdy study, away from edges and combustible items.

• Light candles carefully.

• Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.

• Keep candle wicks trimmed to one-quarter inch.

• Extinguish candles when they burn down to within two inches of the candle holder.

• Extinguish candles carefully and do not leave the room until wicks have stopped glowing.

• Use flashlights and other battery-powered lights instead of candles during a power outage.

• Keep matches, lighters and candles out of the reach of small children.

 

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