Candle Safety Day - December 12, 2016
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.

105 Candle Fires Caused 3 Civilian Deaths, $3.9 Million Damages
In 2015, candles caused 105 fires, three civilian deaths, nine civilian injuries, five firefighter injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $3.9 million in damages. Of the 84 candle fires in homes, 35% 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.

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. Christmas Day had the 2nd most residential candle fires of any day during the year.

Fatal Palmer Candle Fire Caused $700,000
On February 9, 2015, at 3:38 p.m., the Palmer Fire Department was dispatched to a fatal fire in a 20-unit apartment building. A candle started the fire in the living room. The victim, a 53-year old woman, discovered the fire in her apartment, went to a neighbor’s apartment to tell her to call 911 and then went back inside her own apartment. No one else was injured at this fire. Alarms were present and alerted the occupants of the building. The building did not have any sprinklers. Damages from this fire were estimated to be $700,000.

35% of Candle Fires in Homes Occurred in the Bedroom
Of the 84 candle fires in homes, 35% 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.