Santa's Safety Tips

Avoid a fire hazard or accident from happening this holiday by taking advice from the Home Safety Council about the potential danger of lighting candles.

By Gene And Katie Hamilton

Santa's Safety Tips

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year hospital emergency rooms treat nearly 12,800 people for injuries related to holiday decorating, including falls and electrical shocks. Every year candle safety is a top issue on the Home Safety Council's list of holiday safety tips. Not surprisingly, home fires caused by candles peak during the holiday season, with the highest number of candle fires occurring on Christmas Day, followed by New Year's Day and Christmas Eve, that's from the National Fire Protection Agency. The alternative - you can eliminate the risk of an open candle flame by using battery-operated candles. If you can't do without the natural glow of a candle use this safety advice.

  • Make sure an adult is in the room and paying attention whenever you light a candle. Blow out all candles before going to sleep or leaving the room.
  • Do not permit children to keep or use candles or incense in their rooms.
  • Never use lighted candles on or near a Christmas tree or other evergreens.
  • Keep candles at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including other decorations and wrapping paper.
  • Always use stable, nonflammable candle holders with a hurricane glass to protect the open flame.
  • Place candles where they will not be knocked down or blown over and out of reach of pets and young children. If you have children in your home, store candles, matches and lighters out of their sight and reach in a locked cabinet.

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