State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey announced that Monday, December 11, 2017 will be Candle Safety Day and advised consumers to use candles safely during this holiday season and throughout the year. 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.\n\nMore Candle Fires Happen During Winter Holidays\n\nState Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, \u201cStarting with Halloween, we use candles to celebrate many of the winter holidays. Sadly, the increased candle use at this time of year causes an increase in candle fires.\u201d In the past five years, more candle fires happened between Halloween and New Year\u2019s Eve than any other time. \u201cCandles should be blown out whenever you leave the room or go to sleep; and children should always be supervised around burning candles,\u201d he added.\n\nBurn Candles Inside 1-Foot Circle of Safety\n\nState Fire Marshal Ostroskey recommends that in order to reduce the risk of fire, candles should be used inside a 1-foot Circle of Safety, and offers these safety tips:\n\nBurn candles inside a one-foot circle, free of anything that can burn.\n\tNever leave candles burning unattended.\n\tAlways extinguish candles after use.\n\tUse a non-combustible saucer or candleholder.\n\tKeep candles out of reach of children and pets.\n\tConsider switching to battery-operated flameless candles.\nNearly 40% of Candle Fires in Homes Occurred in the Bedroom\nIn 2016, candles caused 98 fires, one civilian death, 15 civilian injuries, no firefighter injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $3.4 million in damages. Of the 71 candle fires in homes, 39% occurred in the bedroom. It is all too easy to fall asleep and leave a candle burning unattended in the bedroom. \u201cRemember to blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed,\u201d said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. Candle fires have dropped 71% since they peaked at 342 in 1999. \u201cAlthough candle fires are decreasing, we must continue to practice safe candle use,\u201d he added.\n\n1 Fatal Candle Fire Caused 1 Death\n\nOne fatal candle fire caused one fire death in 2016. \n\nLate in the evening of February 5, 2016, the Avon Fire Department was dispatched to a fatal candle fire in a single-family home. The sole occupant of the home, a 56-year old woman, discovered the fire and called 911. Arriving firefighters found her outside of the home in respiratory distress, but she refused medical treatment. The woman told firefighters she had left a candle burning unattended in the kitchen which ignited nearby paper products. She passed away a week later from respiratory failure due to smoke inhalation. The smoke alarms failed to operate, there were no fire sprinklers, and damages are estimated to be $199,694.\nFor more information, visit the DFS Candle Fire Safety webpage.