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Candlelight Dinner on Valentine’s Day?

If you are getting ready for a romantic evening with your loved one (whether it is today, on Valentine’s Day, or on any other day of the year), there are just some classic elements to help set the mood…  and they never get old.  Don’t you think?  Flowers, chocolate, jewelry, soft music and, of course, candles – and an irresistible atmosphere is created as if by magic.

Thing is, those candles, as romantic as they are, can be extremely dangerous.  42 candle fires are reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshal every day on average.  This number almost tripled to 124 candle fires last Valentine’s Day, causing over $4.5 million in damages.  (In 2009, 91 candle fires caused $2.3 million in damage.)

Keep yourself, your Valentine and all your belongings safe by following a few simple rules for candle safety:

– Never leave candles burning unattended or in rooms where there is no adult to supervise.

– Always extinguish candles when you leave the room or when you go to sleep, and never burn candles in sleeping areas.

– Keep candles away from combustible materials such as curtains, blind or draperies, books, paper, clothing, decorations or plants.

– Keep candles out of reach from children and pets.

– Set candles up on a stable surface in non-tip sturdy holders that are big enough to catch dripping wax.  Avoid high-traffic areas where candles can get knocked over.


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