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Posted on: February 14, 2017

Marble Falls Fire Rescue Reminds Residents to Blow out Candles

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MARBLE FALLS, Texas (February 14, 2017) – People use candles for many things; light, warming, birthdays and ceremonies are just a few.  Most people never think that that little bit of flame can wreak havoc if left unattended.

From 2009-2013 U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated 9,300 home structure fires that were started by candles.  These fires caused 86 deaths, 827 injuries and $374 million in direct property damage.

“In my many years in the fire service, I have seen many fires started by candles that were left unattended or were burning too close to combustible materials.  These fires are devastating because they could have been easily prevented”, stated Fire Marshal Tommy Crane.

Marble Falls Fire Rescue says don’t become a statistic.  By following these few safety tips by the National Fire Protection Association, you will greatly reduce your risk:

  • Blow out all candles when you leave a room or go to bed.  Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Think about using flameless candles in your home.  They look and smell like real candles.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Light candles carefully.  Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down, - put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage.  Never use candles.

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