Thursday, June 15, 2017

Candle safety

We all buy candles to light up our home. They look nice the add something to d├ęcor in your home. We use them in areas of your home to provide light in dark areas on your home.  When you receive a report of an upcoming storm you may purchase candles as a backup lighting so when the power in your home goes out you will still have light at home. Which I would recommend you want to be prepared for any and all emergencies but any open flame is a fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association the responded to over 9,000 home fires which were started by candles in the home and almost half of the fire reported were started in the bedroom.  So here are some the steps you can take when you are using candles in your home.

When you are using candles in your home you should blow out the candles when you leave the room or go to bed. The fires which stated in the bed room falling asleep were one of the reasons why the fire was started in the first place. The area in which the candle is being use should be clutter free a flat surface the clearance around a candle should be at least 12 inches aw away from anything combustible. When lighting candles make sure you keep hair or loose clothing away from the open flame as it could catch fire. Your candles should never burn to close to the base of the candle. Allow the candle to burn at lease a thumb size away from the base or candle holder.

Your best bet it to use flameless candles they look a lot like candles and they look just as beautiful. If you need to light up a poorly lite area you may want to consider purchasing some battery operated motion lighting which is very cheap these days. When you hear of an upcoming storm flash lights are great.

I hope this post was helpful as always please leave a comment

Mark Carvajal 

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