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Burning Candles and Home Fires

By December 16, 2021Home Insurance

When the weather turns colder, we close our windows and miss the smell of the outdoors. Many of us turn to burning candles in our home for the aromas they produce and the tranquility that comes with the warm candle flame. Who can blame us, there are so many different scents and styles. There is truly a candle for everyone. According to the National Candle Association there are approximately $3.14 billion in annual sales of candle products each year.

There is a downside to burning candles. Candles start approximately 8600 home fires a year according to the National Fire Protection Association. Overall candles caused around 2% of home fires and around 3% of home fire deaths. The month of December is considered the peak month for home candle fires. On Christmas day there are nearly 3 times as many fires than the daily average.


Keep these safety ideas in mind with your burning candles:

  • Inspect the area around your candle for items that can burn such as furniture, curtains, paper and or decorations
  • The majority of home fires caused by candles started in the bedroom, be very careful with bedroom candles
  • Don’t fall asleep with your candles burning
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets
  • Avoid placing your candles in drafts or near vents to keep the flame consistent and avoid sooting and excessive dripping
  • Trim your wicks to 1/4 inch before burning

For other ideas the National Calendar Association has quite a few tips in their article FIRE SAFETY & CANDLES.

Enjoy your candles. Try different scents. Let the candles bring warmth and relaxation to your home, just do it safely. To discuss your home insurance give us a call at (317) 886-0081 for Indiana home insurance or (513) 275-6494 for Ohio home insurance. To learn more about home insurance in general, visit HERE. Would you like to see how much we can save you and/or improve your home insurance coverage, try our easy on line home review option HERE.