Causes and Circumstances of Home Candle Fires

  • candle_modified_shutterstock_92009261On average, 42 home candle fires are reported every day.
  • More than half of all candle fires start wh
    en something that could burn, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations is too close to the candle.
  • In one-fifth (20%) of candle fires, the candles are unattended or abandoned.
  • Over one-third (36%) of home candle fires begin in the bedroom.
  • Falling asleep is a factor in 12% of home candle fires and 36% of the associated deaths.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.  In December, 13% of home candle fires begin with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
  • One-half of home candle fire deaths occur between Midnight and 6 am.
  • Young children and older adults have the highest death risk from candle fires.
  • The risk of fatal candle fires appears higher when candles are used for light.

Sources: NFIRS, NFPA

The above is an excerpt from the article, “Candle Fire Safety.” For more information, please visit www.fema.gov.

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