As the cooler fall weather moves into the Midwest, you may be adding warmth to your home with the wonderful light and aroma of decorative candles. However, because they involve an open flame, your favorite candles can also be dangerous if not displayed carefully. As you decorate your home for fall, remember this candle safety information from ServiceMaster DSI. We provide fire damage repair to residents in Kansas City, Chicago, Springfield, Indianapolis, and Denver.
Remember that despite its beauty and lovely fragrance, a candle is still an open flame. According to the National Candle Association, accidental candle fires cause roughly four percent of residential fires in the United States, totaling around 10,000 residential fires each year. Using candles safely could prevent many of these candle fires. The organization estimates that about thirty five percent of candle fires start in the bedroom, with bedding or mattresses as the first items ignited eleven percent of the time. Other common candle fire locations are the living room, bathroom, and kitchen.
We recommend following these easy rules when lighting candles in your home to prevent the need for fire damage repair:
- Keep burning candles away from anything flammable. Curtains, wooden furniture, carpeting, bedding, and books are all examples of things to avoid.
- Never let candles burn unattended. Extinguish all candles in the room if you are about to leave. The candle should be completely extinguished using a candle snuffer, and the wick should no longer be glowing.
- Do not leave candles burning overnight while everyone is asleep.
- Display candles out of reach of young children and family pets. They could knock over a burning candle by mistake, leading to disastrous consequences.
- Use a sturdy and heat-resistant candleholder big enough to catch any melting wax, placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This will prevent the candle from being knocked over and reduce the risk of heat damage to counters or tabletops.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the candle label.
This fall and winter, candles can add comfort to your home. But it’s important to practice candle safety all year long to prevent the unnecessary stress and expense of fire damage. ServiceMaster DSI is there to provide professional fire damage repair services in Kansas City, Chicago, Springfield, Indianapolis, Denver, and all of our Midwest locations whenever you need us. Call us today.