Massachusetts Fire Department announces Candle Safety Day


STOW, M.A. (WLNE) – State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey announced that Monday, December 14, 2020 is Candle Safety Day.

Candle Safety Day is meant to promote the safe use of candles during throughout the year and particularly during the holiday season.

The majority of candle fires happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, with more candle fires occurring on Christmas Day than any other in the last decade.

“Candles are a traditional part of our winter holiday celebrations, but this is also the time when we see more candle fires,” State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said. “Don’t let a candle fire ruin your holidays.”

To reduce the risk of candle fires, Ostroskey suggests the following tips:

  • Burn candles only inside a one-foot circle of safety, free of anything that can burn.
  • Never leave candles burning when you are not watching them or when you’re falling asleep.
  • 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.

Additionally, Ostroskey recommends using flameless candles in your home, as well as flashlights or other battery-powered lighting during power outages instead of traditional candles.

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

Candle fires have dropped 73% since they peaked at 342 in 1999, and there have been no deaths from candle fires since 2016.

“Although candle fires are decreasing, we must continue to practice safe candle use, especially around the holidays,” Ostroskey said.

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