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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: