State Fire Marshal Declares Today “Candle Safety Day”

candleSTOW – Candle safety is being stressed by state fire officials this holiday season, with the State Fire Marshal’s Office declaring today “Candle Safety Day” in Massachusetts.

The move comes as candle fires are increasingly prevalent around the holidays. According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, December is the month of the year with the most fires sparked by candles. There were 126 candle fires in Massachusetts last year, killing two people.

“Starting with Halloween, we use candles to celebrate many of the winter holidays,” said Fire Marshal Stephen Coan. “Sadly, the increased candle use at this time of year causes an increase in candle fires.”

Coan added that over the past five years, there have been more candle fires between Thanksgiving and New Years than any other time.

Residents are reminded to never leave burning candles unattended and to keep them in a one foot circle away from anything that can burn.

“Candles should be blown out whenever you leave the room or go to sleep; and children should always be supervised around burning candles,” said Coan.

According to state statistics, over 40 percent of candle fires in homes occurred in the bedroom.

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