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Welcome to the Georgetown City Fire Department. Here, it's all about service. Since our founding in 1798, the Georgetown City Fire Department has built a strong reputation for serving the citizens of Georgetown, South Carolina. From fire suppression and emergency first responders, to our emphasis on fire prevention and safety education, the department has always worked diligently to meet the changing needs of our community. This website is another channel through which we can deliver important information and services, in order to further serve the public.

Candle Safety

As Hurricane Activity Increases, So Does the Importance of Fire Safety

Tips for Safe Candle Use When the Lights Go Out

WASHINGTON, DC—Not only has hurricane season arrived, but severe weather all across the country can happen during the summer months, which often leads to the temporary loss of electric power. The U.S. candle industry and state fire marshals advise consumers to take critical safety measures if using candles or other open flames during a power outage.

An estimated 26% of fatal candle fires occur during the loss of electrical power.While flashlights and battery-powered lamps often provide a safe source of light during these power outages, candles are frequently utilized as a back-up source of light during lengthy periods.

Power outages as a result of hurricanes and severe weather cannot be avoided, but accidental candle fires can. The National Candle Association and the National Association of State Fire Marshals recommend the following precautions to keep your family and home safe:

  • Pillar candles and      container candles are a better choice during a power outage than taper      candles. Broader-based      candles are less likely to be accidentally knocked over.When      possible, candles should be enclosed within glass globes for added      protection fromburns or fire.
  • Place candles on a      stable surface in a fire resistant holder that is at least 12 inches away      from anything flammable, including upholstered furniture and window      drapes. For      added safety when the lights go out, a candle in itsholder      may be placed on a stable, nonflammable surface, such as a metal cookie      sheet, frying pan or ceramic dinner plate.
  • Avoid moving a burning      candle during a power outage if possible. It is easy to trip in      the dark or brush against something flammable. Container candles may be      too hot to handle, causing you to drop the container, which could start a      fire.
  • Never leave a burning      candle unattended. Try to restrict people and candles to one room in the      house so the location of family members and candle flames always can be      accounted for. Always extinguish candles upon leaving a room.
  • Make sure the candles      are well out of the reach of children and pets. Young children are      especially apt to bump into things when a room is unfamiliarly dark.
  • Don’t use candles to      search for something in a closet or small confined space. Many items in closets      like clothes, papers or boxes are flammable and could accidentally ignite.
  • Never fall asleep while      candles are burning. Extinguish all candles before going to bed, and never      use a candle as a nightlight.
  • Extinguish candles      safely. Extinguish      the candle by cupping your hand behind the candle flame before blowing it      out – or, better yet, snuff out the flame with a metal candle snuffer. A      spark or ember, if blown from the candle, could ignite combustibles      nearby.

To learn more about candle fire safety, visit http://candles.org/fire-safety-candles/.

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