The Spokane Fire Department is offering tips to prevent candle fires this holiday season. According to SFD, home fires related to candles cause an average of 115 civilian deaths, 903 civilian fire injuries, and $418 million in direct property damage each year. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day top the list of days with the most reported home candle fires. Remember these important safety tips to prevent fire and fire injury.
While the addition of candles can add to the holiday atmosphere, the SFD noted it is important to be cautious, as candles can act as a dangerous fire hazard when not used safely.
The Spokane Fire Department encourages the use of battery operated candles rather than open flame candles. However, if open flamed candles are used, keep the following tips in mind: