The following is from the Dakota County Emergency Management Team.
Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires — and home fire deaths. Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.
· Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
· Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
· Think about using flameless candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles.
If you do burn candles, make sure that you...
· Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
· Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
· Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
· Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
· Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
· Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.