‘Candle Safety Day’ announced by Massachusetts Dept. of Fire Services


PROVIDENCE (R.I.) — The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services is recognizing December 12 as ‘Candle Safety Day.’

According to the DFS, there have been over 1000 candle fires in Massachusetts over the past 10 years that have caused nine total deaths and 192 injuries.

In 2019 alone, candles caused 92 fires, 13 civilian injuries, 19 firefighter injuries and an estimated $3.6 million in damages.

Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey says that candle fires are most common during the holiday season and offered these tips to reduce the risk of a fire;

  • No matter the reason, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside bedrooms, at the tops of open stairs, and at the base of cellar stairs.
  • Keep a one-foot “circle of safety” around candles, free of anything that can burn.
  • Always extinguish candles when you leave the room or go to sleep, and don’t leave them unattended.
  • Use a non-combustible saucer or candle holder.
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets, and store matches and lighters up high where kids can’t access them.
  • Consider switching to battery-operated flameless candles.

“Candle fires peaked in Massachusetts in 1999, when we recorded 342 of them.” State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said. “The following year, we began observing Candle Safety Day on the second Monday of December to promote awareness of the problem.”

For further information on candle and fire safety this holiday season, visit the DFS website.

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