Candle Safety tips this Holiday Season to Help Prevent Candle Related Fires

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Accidental candle fires account for approximately four percent of all U.S. residential fires. NewsWatch shares some simple tips on how to use candles safely this holiday season. NewsWatch is a nationwide consumer oriented show that regularly features top news stories and Satellite Media Tour interviews with experts and celebrities throughout the United States.

NewsWatch Candle Safety

Candle Safety

There's a special beauty and tranquility to candles, but a lighted candle is also an open flame, and a potential fire hazard if not carefully monitored. In fact, accidental candle fires account for approximately four percent of all U.S. residential fires. NewsWatch and the National Candle Association provide some candle safety tips this holiday season to help you enjoy candles safely.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that 85 percent of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed three basic safety rules:
-Never leave a burning candle unattended.
-Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
-Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

There are some other basic tips to help avoid fire this holiday season. These tips are broken down into before, during and extinguishing phases.

Before Lighting:
-Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning.
-Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use.
-Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
-Place the candleholder on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
-Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
-Avoid drafts, vents or air currents.

During Lighting:
-Never touch or move a burning candle
-Don't burn a candle all the way down
-Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly.
-Always keep the candle within your sight.

When Extinguishing:
-Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle.
-Never use water to extinguish a candle.
-Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
-Don't touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.
-Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and proper use.

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