Candle Safety

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that 85 percent of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed three basic safety rules:

  1. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  2. Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  3. Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

How to Burn a Candle Safely

Before lighting

While Burning

When Extinguishing

Candle Fire Statistics

Nearly 10,000 residential fires are caused each year by the careless or inappropriate use of candles.

The National Candle Association urges consumers to always keep a burning candle within sight, keep candles away from anything combustible, and to keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

Where Candle Fires Start *

Bedroom: 36%
Living/Family Room/Den: 16%
Bathroom: 14%
Kitchen: 11%
Items First Ignited*

Mattresses or Bedding: 11%
Curtains/Blinds/Draperies: 9%
Cabinetry: 8%
Upholstered Furniture: 6%

*Source: Home Candle Fires, Fire Analysis and Research Division, National Fire Protection Association, December 2011. Based on 2005-2009 annual averages