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From 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 7,900 home structure fires that were started by candles per year. These fires caused an annual average of 80 deaths, 720 injuries and $268 million in direct property damage. 

 

Sample social media posts on candle fire safety

Use these posts on your social media sites to encourage candle safety.

 


Remember that a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn. NFPA shares a few candle fire safety tips to consider.

Candle fire facts

During the five-year period of 2013-2017:

  • Candles caused 2% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 4% of the direct property damage in home fires.
  • Roughly one-third (37%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 33% of the associated deaths and 51% of the associated injuries.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 19% of the associated deaths.
  • On average, 22 home candle fires were reported per day. 
  • Three of every five (60%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 12% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.

Source: NFPA's Applied Research