Candle safety on Valentine’s Day

Are you planning a romantic Valentine’s Day for your loved one? An intimate night in for two can be a great way to celebrate but take care that your passion for each other is the only thing that is ignited in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), candles are a significant cause of house fires every year.

To avoid an unpleasant end to your romantic evening, not to mention a claim for fire damage on your Wisconsin home insurance, keep a few safety tips in mind when you dish up that candlelight dinner for two:

•Position candles at least a foot away from anything that could be a potential source of ignition. This includes curtains, flowers and furniture.
•Make sure candles are placed in sturdy, wide-based holders and positioned on a flat surface.
•Keep candles positioned out of reach of children and pets that might accidentally knock them over.
•Never leave candles burning unattended – always make sure they are fully extinguished before leaving the room.
•Consider using flameless candles instead of traditional candles, particularly in the bedroom.

Although candles can create a romantic atmosphere, finding yourself in the middle of a house fire could put a dampener on your Valentine’s Day, not to mention the risk of injury to yourself and your family. Protect your home and loved ones by taking extra care with candles, and make sure your home is financially protected against fire damage with Wisconsin home insurance.


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