State Fire Marshall’s Office Advises Safe Candle Use

BARNSTABLE – It’s Candle Safety Day, according to the state Fire Marshall’s office.

On the heels of the season known for its increased candle use, authorities are hoping to avoid unnecessary incidents.

The office reports that, in 2015, there were 105 fires, three civilian deaths, nine civilian injuries, five firefighter injuries, and an estimated $3.9 million in damages related to improper use of candles.

According to their figure, 35 percent of the fires occurred in the bedroom.

Experts advise all to burn candles within a one foot circle free of anything flammable.

Additionally, it is important to never leave them burning unattended, to use non-combustible saucers or holders, to keep them out of reach of pets and children, and to consider switching to battery-operated flameless candles.

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