CANDLE FIRES

 

U.S. FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO 15,600 HOME STUCTURE FIRES THAT WERE STARTED BY CANDLES IN 2005. THESE FIRES CAUSED 150 CIVILIAN FIRE DEATHS, 1,270 CIVILIAN FIRE INJURIES, AND $539 MILLION IN DIRECT PROPERTY DAMAGE. ON AVERAGE, ONE HOME CANDLE FIRE WAS REPORTED EVERY 34 MINUTES. MORE THAN HALF OF ALL CANDLE FIRES STARTED WHEN SOMETHING THAT COULD BURN, SUCH AS FURNITURE, MATTRESSES OR BEDDING, CURTAINS, OR DECORATIONS, WAS TOO CLOSE TO THE CANDLE. IN ONE-FIFTH (20%) OF THE FIRES, THE CANDLES WERE UNATTENDED OR ABANDONED. ALMOST TWO -FIFTHS OF HOME CANDLE FIRES BEGIN IN THE BEDROOM, ALTHOUGH THE CANDLE INDUSTRY FOUND THAT ONLY 13% OF CANDLE USERS BURN CANDLES IN THE BEDROOM MOST OFTEN. DECEMBER IS THE PEAK TIME OF THE YEAR FOR HOME CANDLE FIRES. IN DECEMBER, 13% OF HOME CANDLE FIRES BEGAN WITH DECORATIONS COMPARED TO 4% THE REST OF THE YEAR.

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