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11.25.19 - Candle Safety

“Candle With Care” For A Safe Holiday Season

Candles are a great way to create a warm glow for your home and can add an elegant touch to holiday decor. But candles are an open flame in your home, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 12% of home candle fires begin with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year. On average, 23 home candle fires are reported per day. More than one-third of home candle fires started in the bedroom. And 60% of home candle fires occur when some form of combustible material is left or came too close to the candle.

Battery operated candles are a safe alternative to real candles. They look and smell like real candles and are easy to find in holiday themes. Plus, if you find one you really like you can use it for many years! However, if you decide you want to use real candles in your home, just remember to "Candle with Care."

The San Bernardino County Fire Department wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.


Candle Safety Tips


Learn to avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep. Download the safety tip sheet.


Candle Safety Tips

Religious Candles

If you're using candles on a candelabra kinara or menorah take a few minutes to learn about using them safely.


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