A candle-lit dinner can be very romantic, but according to the NFPA, danger may be lurking.

From 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 9,300 home structure fires that were started by candles. These fires caused 86 deaths, 827 injuries and $374 million in direct property damage. Candles caused 3% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 5% of the direct property damage from home fires during this period.

Facts and Figures

During the five-year period of 2009-2013:

  • Roughly one-third (36%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 32% of the associated deaths and 47% of the associated injuries.
  • On average, 25 home candle fires were reported per day.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths.
  • More than half (58%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.

Enjoy a romantic evening with candles, but don’t forget to keep the area around them clear and blow them out if they are going to unattended for any length of time. Or you could opt for flameless, battery-powered candles instead of wax candles.

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