Candle safety in De Pere

Candles can often be used for celebrations, religious observances, or mood setting in your home, but remember they also carry potential fire hazards. On average, 20 home candle fires are reported every day nationwide. At De Pere Fire Rescue, we want you to consider these safety tips and precautions to help safeguard your home and loved ones:

  • Basic Candle Safety Precautions

    • Use sturdy candle holders to prevent accidents.
    • Light candles with care, keeping your hair and loose clothing away from flames.
    • Avoid burning candles all the way down; put them out before they get too close to the holder or container.
    • NEVER use candles if oxygen is used in your home.
  • Keep Your Distance

    • Maintain a safe zone! Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn, including curtains, decorations, and flammable materials.
  • Always Blow Out Candles

    • Before leaving a room or your home, make it a habit to extinguish all candles. Unattended candles are a fire hazard.
  • Consider Flameless Candles

    • Seeking a safer alternative? Flameless candles provide a beautiful ambiance without the risks associated with open flames. They're a great way to keep your home safe and smelling good!
  • Bedroom Safety

    • Did you know more than 1/3 of home candle fires start in the bedroom? Please extinguish all candles before bedtime and limit their use in sleeping areas.
  • Candle-Free Zones

    • Avoid using lit candles in bedrooms, bathrooms, and sleeping areas. Always blow them out before leaving a room or your home.
  • Power out? Don't use candles! 

    • During a power outage, reach for a flashlight or lantern instead of relying on candles. Safety shines bright!
  • Safety on Special Occasions 

    • Christmas is the peak day for candle fires. Celebrate safely and protect your festivities from fire hazards.
    • Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, religious observance, or a special moment, ensure your celebrations are memorable for all the right reasons. Keep candles away from flammable objects, light them carefully, and always blow them out before leaving the room.

More candle safety resources

For more information on candle safety and data related to candle-related fires, please view these online resources for: