Friday, December 16, 2005

CANDLE SAFETY The Reno Gazette reminds us that, during the holiday season, it's never too early to start thinking about candle safety:
A Reno fire official warns that candles start twice as many home fires in December than the rest of the year.

Acting Reno Fire Marshal Bill Burney said Christmas Day was the peak day for home candle fires in 1999-2002, with New Year's Day and Christmas Eve tied for second.

"About half of the home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material, such as holiday decorations, curtains or draperies were left or came too close to the candle," he said. "About 18 percent of the fires occurred when candles were left unattended, abandoned or inadequately controlled."

Some tips:

Never use candles on live or artificial Christmas trees.

Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.

Keep candles away from items that can catch fire such as holiday decorations, curtains and draperies, bedding, clothing, books, etc.

Use sturdy candle holders that won't tip easily. Be sure they are made of materials that cannot burn and are large enough to collect dripping wax.
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