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Holiday Candle Safety Tips

By December 22, 2022Safety Tips

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day are the top three days for home fires caused by candles. A candle is an open flame, so it can easily ignite anything flammable that it comes in contact with. So make sure you enjoy those holiday-scented candles safely this season by following these safety tips:


  1. Place lit candles at least one foot away from anything potentially flammable. This includes papers, drapery, blankets, and books or magazines.
  2. Do not leave a burning candle unattended, even for a few minutes. Blow out candles if you leave the room or go to bed.
  3. Place candles on a flat, stable surface, and make sure they’re in a stable candle holder that will not easily tip over.
  4. Keep candles out of reach of young children and pets. They could inadvertently cause a fire by tipping over the candle or putting flammable material on or near the flame.
  5. Keep candles away from HVAC vents, fans, or draughty windows that could blow the flame onto other objects.
  6. lighting_candlesDon’t burn a candle all the way down unless it came in its own contained glass jar.
  7. When lighting a candle, keep hair and loose clothing away from the lighter or match. And make sure young children and pets stay clear.
  8. Choose battery-powered candles instead of flames if anyone in your home needs supplemental oxygen treatment.
  9. Don’t use flame candles as a light source during a power outage, as this can make it tempting to leave them unattended or carry them around. Use battery-powered lamps, flashlights, or electric candles instead,

Those fir, berry, or spice cookie-scented candles can make your home inviting for the holiday season, but a home fire would not make for a happy holiday. Follow these safety tips to keep your holiday happy, and contact our personal lines agents at Kamm Insurance Group to make sure your homeowners policy has a high enough replacement cost limit in case the worst were to happen.

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