During the dark, cold months many people use candles to brighten a room or add an enticing scent. During the holidays in particular, candle use goes up as people look to add a festive flair to their homes. In fact, the top three days for home candle fires between 2007 and 2011 were Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve. Overall, 29 percent of home candle fires occurred in the month of December.
Candle fires fell steadily between 1980 and 1990 as candle sales dwindled. As candles rose in popularity through the 1990s, home candle fires increased and peaked in 2001 at 18,900 fires.Read More
In 2011 residential house fires claimed the lives of 3,005 Americans and cost 11.7 Billion dollars in damages. Fires are partially dangerous because they can start small and rage out of control in minutes; burning your house to the ground in a short period of time. Learning common fire hazards can help to prevent residential house fires.