• 45°
Hartselle Enquirer

Don't let a candle ruin your holidays

By Staff
Candles add a bright touch to your holidays, but they can also cause a tragic fire
Since 2000, the Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office has recorded 13 deaths from fire in the state due to the improper use of candles. The incidence of fires started in the home by candles has been increasing nationally since 1995. The latest data provided by the association indicated a 15 percent increase in candle fires from 2000-2001.
Factors contributing to candle-causing fires include the following:
As the incidence of candle fires increases, so does the risk for people to be killed or injured. According to a 2001 NFPA survey, an estimated 190 people were killed in home fires started by candles. This survey also estimates that for every person killed, approximately eight people are injured. Those at greatest risk to suffer from death or injury include young children and families living in poverty.
Fires are most commonly caused by placing candles too close to combustible sources such as mattresses or beddings. Most fires caused by candles originate in the bedroom, often while people are sleeping. However, fires that were started in a living room or common area resulted in more deaths.
Here are some tips on how to use candles safely in the home:

At a Glance

Town of Falkville to hold Christmas in the Park Sunday

At a Glance

Hartselle Holiday Market returns Saturday

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Old Hartselle post office to become event center, new home for chamber  

At a Glance

‘Have a Hart’ information session to be held Dec. 2

Morgan County

Future leader

News

Alabama DHR accepting applications for next round of child care bonuses 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Spirit of Thanksgiving: Volunteers deliver 266 food bags on holiday for Meals on Wheels  

At a Glance

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to let citizens behind the scenes with academy  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Winter window wonderland  

At a Glance

Council to interview candidates for Parks and Rec director job  

Hartselle

Live nativity scene returns to First Christian Dec. 7-10

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Local church prepares 400 Thanksgiving meals

News

HIS students help clean up effort at Mt. Tabor Cemetery 

News

Lovely landscape

News

Morgan buys SUVs to transport seniors, deliver meals

News

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to let citizens behind the scenes with academy  

News

Morgan teen exhibits grand champion at Alabama National Fair

News

Murder-for-hire defendant seeks bond

MULTIMEDIA-FRONT PAGE

Stadthagen supports

News

SALUTE

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Second grade students in Hartselle honor heroes

News

Alabama DHR accepting applications for next round of child care bonuses 

At a Glance

Vinemont man killed in single-vehicle crash

At a Glance

Littlest Christmas Tree Farm opens Friday

x