Candles can be a festive addition to home décor, but with the December holiday celebrations in full swing, it is especially important to know that candles cause an average of nearly 9,000 home fires, more than 80 deaths, and 800 injuries every year.
- In 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,690 home1 structure fires that were started by candles per year. Candles caused 2% of home structure fires.
- Candle fires caused an annual average of:
- 82 civilian fire deaths, or 3% of home fire deaths,
- 800 civilian fire injuries, or 7% of reported home fire injuries, and
- $295 million in direct property damage, or 4% of total direct damage in home structure fires.
- More than one-third (37%) of home candle fires began in the bedroom, although the National Candle Association found that only 13% of candle users burn candles in the bedroom most often.
- Three of every five (58%) candle fires started when something that could burn, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations, was too close to the candle.
- In 16% of the fires, the candles were unattended or abandoned.
- The top three days for home candle fires were Christmas, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve.
1Homes include one- or two-family homes and apartments or other multi-family housing.
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