NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY MONTH
October is National Fire Prevention Month within the United States. As a candle manufacturing company, in one of the largest industries responsible for at home fires, it is imperative that we provide some best practices and tips to keep you safe while you enjoy your candle.
Some of you may be asking yourself why the United States has an entire month dedicated to the prevention of unplanned fire. In 1922, a full fifty-one years after the Great Chicago Fire, The National Fire Prevention Association identified the second week of October as National Fire Prevention week. Over the years professional and volunteer fire departments, fire prevention companies, and concerned citizens increased the amount of time to promote fire prevention awareness.
Look at the following statistics that occurred during the five-year period between 2014-2018:
Candle fire facts*
- On average, 21 home candle fires were reported per day.
- Candles caused 2% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 4% of the direct property damage in home fires.
- Slightly more than one-third (37%) of home candle fires started in bedroom. These fires caused 40% of the associated deaths and 49% of the associated injuries.
- Falling asleep was a factor in 10% of the home candle fires and 15% of the associated deaths.
- Three out of every five (60%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December alone, 12% of home candle fires began with decorations that were too close to a candle or fire. Compare this to 4% average for the rest of the year.
*Source: NFPA's Home Candle Fires report
These fires all started because someone ignored the basic candle safety rules. These rules are on the bottom of every single True North Candle Forge candle that we sell. We recommend that these rules be followed each time you enjoy your healthy, coconut wax, adventure themed or USMC legacy candle. The three basic candle safety rules are:
- NEVER leave a burning candle unattended.
- NEVER burn a candle on or near anything combustible or may catch fire.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
It is estimated that nearly 60% of all candle-induced fires can be prevented by following those three easy steps. We also recommend you follow these steps before, during, and after lighting your True North Candle Forge candle.
- Trim the wick to ¼ inch. It does not matter whether you use a wick-trimmer, nail clippers, or scissors. What matters is that you trim the wick and discard all trimmings. DO NOT leave them in the candle.
- Enjoy your candle in a well-ventilated room that avoids drafts, direct air vents, or currents. This can cause the flame to spread, alter the effectiveness of the candle, and reduce the burn-time of the candle. You want to be able to enjoy your True North Candle Forge candle for as long as possible.
- Use a long-stem lighter or matches when lighting your candle. The last thing you want to do is burn your fingers right before enjoying your candle.
- Do not move the candle. Simply touching it may burn you.
- Do not burn your candle all the way down. The containers used by True North Candle Forge are chosen specifically to give you the longest burn time for the size of the candle.
- If you are burning more than one candle at a time, place them at least 3” apart. This is particularly important for bedrooms or while relaxing in the tub.
- Always ensure the candle is fully extinguished when you are done.
- DO NOT use water to extinguish your candle. It can crack a glass container or cause the wax to splatter.
- Do not use sharp objects to shave wax drippings, especially in a glass container. This may cause the container to weaken, leading to a potential for breakage or possible explosion.
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