Candlelight – Candle Fright … Sharon Osbourne, Heather Graham and more celebs survive house fires from candles
Candles. We love them. So do celebrities like Sharon Osbourne (formerly of America’s Got Talent) and Heather Graham (actor in Scrubs, Arrested Development, and many others).
Candles are soothing and set a relaxing and festive mood for any occasion and non-occasion. We love candles so much, we had a special Valentine’s Day blog prepared to post next month. Yet, with all of the recent celebrity house fires in the news, we decided to bump up our candle house fire prevention blog for today!
In keeping with Valentine’s Day, we love our clients. Our clients love us. But, our clients would rather not have to see us. Because when they do, it’s because they’ve experienced a disaster in their home or business. Like a candle fire. So we’d like to share some tips about how not to keep the home fires burning through candle accidents.
Here are FEMA’s and our top 14 candle safety tips (yes, we’ve got Cupid on our minds):
- Flameless, battery-operated candles are a great alternative.
- If you do use candles, ensure they are in sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holders.
- Place candles where they cannot be easily knocked down.
- Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas.
- Extinguish candles after use and ALWAYS before going to bed.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
- Set a good example by using matches, lighters and fire carefully.
- Children should never be allowed to play with matches, lighters or candles.
- Never use a candle where medical oxygen is being used. The two can combine to create a large, unexpected fire.
- Always use a flashlight – not a candle – for emergency lighting.
- Never put candles on a Christmas tree.
- When conducting in-home worship, don’t place lit candles in windows, where blinds and curtains can close over them, or pass handheld candles from one person to another. To lower the risk of fire, candles should be used by only a few designated adults.
- And NEVER leave burning candles unattended!
So learn from Sharon and Heather. Remember, when thinking about your romantic evening also think about candle safety; because on Valentine’s Day, two is never enough company to deal with the aftereffects of a house fire.