Central Fire Department reminds you to candle with care for a safe holiday season

According to the National Fire Protection Association, December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
In December, on average, 23 home candle fires are reported per day. More than one- third of home candle fires start in the bedroom.

Central District Chief, Dereck Glover says in Decemer alone, the department responded to two residential fires that are believed to have started by unsafe use of candles.
The first fire happened on December 7th. Fire crews responded to another fire on December 14th.

“We are coming up on the three biggest days of the year for candle fires in the homes being Christmas,
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and we’d just like to remind everybody to be aware” says Glover.

Additional tips to keep you and your family safe include:

Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children’s reach.
Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
Also never a child alone in a room with a burning candle.

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