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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Candle Safety Tips

One thing that many of my friends, children and even I love about the holidays are the beautiful lights. We love candle light as well. It seems this time of year that a low glow of candle light offers the season a quiet and peaceful spirit. While the candle light is definetly enjoyable there is a few safety tips you should keep in mind.

  • Lock up all matches and lighters after lighting candles s that little hands are not tempted to expirement. Three out of five fires are started by children who are playing with matches or lighters
  • Place candles where kids and pets can't reach them and at least one foot away from Christmas trees, curtains, wreaths and holiday decor. I had a good friend who lost their house and everything in it one year at christmas time when a cat they kept in the house accidently knocked a candle over Many of your holiday decorations are flamable and burn easily as well.
  • Never leave a lit candle unattended. I remember a family several years ago who left the candles in thier house lit to go to a Christmas Eve service. When they returned home the house was on fire started by a candle that had fallen over.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, wont tip over easily, and made from nonflammable material. I love the old glass candle holders that were solid and looked great as well
  • Make sure smoke alarms are installed and working and teach your children what they mean and the best way to exit the house.

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