State Farm® cautions consumers when using candles
Bloomington, Il, 2. 9, 2013 Its an image straight out of a romantic movie: A room decorated with beautiful flowers. The dinner table is set for two. The seductive glow of flickering candles throughout the room complete the romantic mood. Many couples will commemorate Valentines Day with a scene like this without realizing the potential dangers of improper candle use. State Farm wants to remind you that, while decorative and fragranced candles may be an attractive addition to your home décor, if used improperly, they can be a serious fire hazard.
State Farm claims data shows that February is the third highest month for home fires, with 14,517 home fire claims (excluding lightning and grease fire claims) from 2006 2010. On Valentines Day alone, State Farm has received more than 500 home firerelated claims during this same fiveyear period. While not all of these fires can be attributed to candles, it does serve as reminder to be cautious with an open flame. The fact is that more than onethird of home candle fires are started in the bedroom. Most candle fires are caused by combustibles being too close to the candle, such as drapes. The next common cause is when candles are knocked over by wind, doors, children or pets.
One of the most important ways to reduce your risk of a home fire due to candles is to never leave a candle unattended. Always keep burning candles within sight and use candles only in rooms where there is a responsible adult to control and oversee the flame. Consider these additional tips to reduce your risk of a destructive candle fire:
Arlene J. Lester, Media Specialist, (973) 943-6524
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