In Sandy’s Wake, Lessons About Fire Safety More Relevant Than Ever

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Even as Hurricane Sandy drenched New York in rain, homes in Queens were lost to fire, possibly due to poorly tended candles. Online retailer Smart Candle urges homeowners in any hurricane’s path to replace potentially dangerous candles with battery operated ones.

Hurricane Sandy’s unusual path of destruction, drowning the New York area in millions of dollars’ worth of damage, was closely tracked around the world, on television and by social media. The nation watched horrified as many images told the story of destruction. Perhaps most surprisingly, a neighborhood of waterlogged homes in Queens went up in flames. It seemed to defy logic that an area covered in water could also be consumed with fire, but even at such a time, an open flame can spread quickly between the dry portions of the homes. The New York Daily News reported that around 80 homes were lost in this blaze.

Many people still keep traditional candles as part of their hurricane or disaster preparedness kit. But these candles can create extra hazards if left unattended, even for a short time. In some cases, homeowners fall asleep with a candle still burning and wake up to find the house burning around them. Battery operated candles are a much safer alternative and can also last much longer than regular candles.

Online retailer Smart Candle, a provider of quality battery operated candles, has many sizes and colors of candle available at affordable prices. Though a battery operated candle may cost more than a pair of votive candles at the dollar store, the investment makes more sense over time, especially if candles continue to be used after the storm passes.

Many times, it can take days to restore power to the area that is affected by a storm. In the wake of super storm Sandy, many people are still without power and struggling to perform their basic tasks. Taper candles, which were traditionally the accepted type of candle to keep on hand in case of emergency, have an estimated burn time of 7 to 8 hours. Battery operated candles generally last about 100 hours or more, so even without access to more batteries, these candles can last longer than traditional ones.

In addition to battery operated candles, Smart Candle also offers flameless jar candles, rechargeable cordless lamps, and other lighting solutions for any situation.

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