Burn Candles Inside a 1-Foot Circle of Safety
Brewster Fire/Rescue recommends that in order to reduce the risk of fire, burn candles inside a 1-foot Circle of Safety, and offers these safety tips:
- Burn candles inside a one-foot circle, free of anything that can burn.
- Never leave candles burning unattended.
- Always extinguish candles after use.
- When you go out, blow it out.
- Use a non-combustible saucer or candleholder.
- Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
- Consider switching to battery-operated flameless candles.
Switch to Flameless Candles
To be safe, consider using flameless candles in your home. Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage instead of traditional candles.
Over 1/3 of Candle Fires in Homes Occurred in the Bedroom
In 2018, candles caused 97 fires, five civilian injuries, five firefighter injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $3.4 million in damages in Massachusetts. Of the 75 candle fires in homes, one-third occurred in a bedroom. It is all too easy to fall asleep and leave a candle burning unattended. Always remember to blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed.