Candles pose a safety hazard

Jan 31, 2011

Many fires start from a candle

Candles can make a lovely decoration around the holidays. However, a candle can also pose a major fire hazard if left unattended.

The National Fire Protection Association says most home fires starting from a candle occur in December. In most cases, the association says the blazes start because the candle is placed too close to other objects.

NFPA vice president of communications Lorraine Carli says it's important for people to be aware of the hazards that come along with some decorations to ensure safety.

"Certainly, no one needs to abandon their holiday traditions and activities," says Carli. "But by understanding where potential hazards exist, and making some minor adjustments, people can greatly increase their homes' and loved ones' safety, and enjoy the season as planned."

A fatal fire may be far from people's minds around the holidays, but it's important to keep in mind. Government data shows more than 3,000 people died between 1997 and 2006 in a home fire. Such statistics highlight the importance of having life insurance should someone get caught in a blaze. 

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