"Decking the halls" for the holidays can be dangerous when safety is not part of home decorating plans. Candles can present a significant fire hazard during this time of year.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that December was the leading month for home candle fires between 1993 to 1997. In 1997, nearly 87,000 home fires were started by candles causing $171 million in property damage. To avoid fatal and costly fire hazards, the Ohio Insurance Institute offers the following suggestions.
- Candles should be placed far away from curtains and shades.
- Avoid placing candles in drafty areas or in reach of children or pets.
- Never leave lit candles unattended. Extinguish tapers, votives and pillars whenever you leave the room.