Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager 509.742.0063
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 10:26 a.m.
Residents must remember that while candles bring an added element to holiday celebration, the open flame of a candle can easily and quickly ignite any combustible that is close by such as curtains, draperies, bedding and holiday decorations.
“The holidays present great potential for candle related home fires,” says Spokane Fire Marshal Michael Miller. “Statistics show the top 4 days for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.”
The Spokane Fire Department suggests the following safety tips to help avoid a candle-related holiday tragedy from occurring:
“The majority of candle fires are preventable, says Miller. “By following a few candle fire safety tips, everyone can enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.”
The Spokane Fire Department would like to wish everyone a safe holiday season. For more information on holiday fire safety tips contact SFD’s Fire Prevention Bureau at 509-625-7058. A variety of community education resources are also available to help meet the needs of both children and adults. Fire safety presentations can be arranged for neighborhood, business, civic, or education groups.