Jan Doherty

Continue the tradition of holiday safety

Jan Doherty, Public Education Officer, No Phone Number Available

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:26 a.m.

Continue the tradition of holiday safety

Softly glowing candles act as a lovely backdrop to holiday decorations, setting a pleasant mood and ambience for holiday gatherings and cold winter nights.

While many people enjoy the addition of candles to their holiday atmosphere, it's important to be cautious as candles can act as a dangerous fire hazard when not used safely. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), there were an average of 29 home candle fires reported per day between 2007 and 2011. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day top the list of days with the most reported home candle fires.

The Spokane Fire Department encourages the use of battery operated candles rather than open flame candles. If you do decorate with open flame candles, the following tips can help you to stay safe and make holiday safety a tradition:

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn
  • Never leave a candle burning in a room without a responsible adult
  • Make sure candles are always in sturdy containers
  • Never light candles when you are drowsy

Continue the tradition of holiday safety by following these tips, and have a safe and happy holiday season!

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