Candle Safety Day - December 14, 2015
The second Monday in December has been established as Candle Safety Day by MGL C.6: S.12XX to promote the safe use of candles in the commonwealth and recommending that this day be observed in an appropriate manner by the people.

Candle Safety Tips

  1. Burn candles within a one-foot circle, free of anything that can burn.
  2. Before you go out, blow it out; never leave candles burning unattended.
  3. Always extinguish candles after use.
  4. Use a non-combustible saucer or candleholder.
  5. Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.

126 Candle Fires Caused 2 Civilian Deaths, 27 Civilian Injuries, $2.6 Million Damages
In 2014, candles caused 126 fires, two civilian deaths, 27 civilian injuries, five firefighter injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $2.6 million in damages. There was a 7% decrease from the 135 fires of all types started by candles in Massachusetts in 2013.

Most Candle Fires Happen During the Winter Holidays
In the past five years more candle fires happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve than any other time. Extra care should be taken with candles around the holidays. Increased candle use during the winter holidays leads to more candle fires at this time of year. Between 2010 and 2014, Dec. 10, Christmas Day (Dec. 25), New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), and Thanksgiving were the days when most candle fires occurred. 

Unattended Candle Caused Fall River Fire Death
Whether it’s winter, or any other day of the year, candle fires can be deadly. On March 24, 2014, at 1:49 a.m., the Fall River Fire Department was dispatched to a fatal candle fire in a single-family home. A candle had ignited a chair in the living room. The victim, a 41-year old woman, was transported to a Rhode Island hospital where she succumbed to her injuries in the following week. No one else was injured at this fire. It was undetermined if alarms were present. The home did not have any sprinklers. Damages from this fire were estimated to be $65,000.

Nearly 40% of Candle Fires in Homes Occurred in the Bedroom
Of the 91 candle fires in homes, nearly 40% occurred in the bedroom. It is all too easy to fall asleep and leave a candle burning unattended in the bedroom. Remember to blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed.

Switch to Flameless Candles
To be safe, consider using flameless candles in your home. Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage instead of traditional candles.