What a cozier than sitting down to relax with the presence of a flickering candle in the room? As adults though, we often taught that we must think beyond comfort, when it comes to safety. Candle fires have risen to a 19-year high after a decade long decline. One and two family dwellings, manufactured housing, and apartments have been on an uphill track recently, according to the statistics from the National Fire Protection agency.
In 2009 – 2013, US Fire departments responded to an average of 9,300 home structure fires that were started by candles per year, which represents 3% of home structure fires. The top four days for home candle fires were New Year’s Day, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Christmas Eve. Almost half of the candle fires begin in the bedroom.