Be careful if using candles

With the holidays fast approaching and the increased usage of seasonal decorations, it is important to focus on candle fire safety and prevention.

Because the majority of candle fires result from human error and negligence, candle fires and their associated casualties are preventable.

If possible, avoid using lighted candles.

If you must use candles, ensure that they are placed in sturdy holders.

Keep candles away from children and pets.

Be sure to extinguish candles after

each use.

Never leave burning candles unattended.

By following a few candle fire safety tips, everyone can enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

On average, 42 home candle fires are reported every day.

More than half of all candle fires start when something that could burn, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations is too close to the candle.

In one-fifth of candle fires, the candles are unattended or abandoned.

Over one-third of home candle fires begin in the bedroom.

Falling asleep is a factor in 12 percent of home candle fires and 36 percent of the associated deaths.

December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.