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5 Family Celebrations With Candle Safety Hazards

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

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Five Candle Safety Hazards

Holiday decorations are fun until they burn the house down. Indeed, family celebrations can be some of the most exciting times of the year, but they can also be opportunities for increased risk of a candle fire. Every year, the National Fire Protection Association reports hundreds of residential fires that start as a result of celebratory candles.
To avoid needing to call a professional smoke cleanup team during your next family get-together in Puyallup, WA, consider these five common celebrations that often come with candle safety hazards.

1. Birthday Parties

What is a birthday cake without candles? Truthfully, it is a lot safer. If you still want to use candles this year, you can reduce the risk by waiting to light them right before the birthday boy or girl blows them out.

2. Christmas

While Christmas trees make up the majority of holiday-related house fires in the United States, candle decorations can still be problematic. To prevent fire damage, never place candles anywhere near your tree or any other flammable household goods or furniture.

3. Hanukkah

Another holiday celebration that comes with the risk of starting a candle fire is Hanukkah. One way to minimize danger is by using a flameless menorah. If you prefer to use candles, make sure the stand is sturdy, and place it on a hard, non-flammable surface.

4. Weddings

Between decorations, cake toppings and dancing party guests, there is enormous potential for candle safety hazards at a wedding. For this reason, only use candles in areas where there is no flammable decor, alcohol or children.

5. Halloween

Jack-o'-lanterns are part of what makes Halloween... Halloween. Without them, the holiday would look much different. Nonetheless, they can pose a danger when you put traditional candles in them. For a safer and easier alternative, consider a cheap package of flameless tea lights you can easily place inside your pumpkin.

When families celebrate holidays and events, it can be a lot of fun, but it can also lead to a candle fire. Understanding the risks can help you prevent emergencies.

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