5 Tips for Holiday Candle Safety

LuDela Perfect Pillar Holiday Candle

Real-flame candles add a beautiful ambience to the holidays, but their use also adds a degree of risk for fire. These five holiday candle safety tips will help you enjoy real-flame candles as holiday decorations while ensuring you use them as safely as possible.

The History of Holiday Candles

Candles have been associated with the holiday season since at least the late 18th century, when they were used to decorate the first Christmas trees, a tradition that has its roots in Germany. The global popularity of the lighted Christmas tree grew when it was adopted by the court of Queen Victoria in the early 1800s. And though electrically powered lights became more common in the late 1800s (including electrical Christmas lights), real-flame Christmas candles retained their association with the holidays, as evidenced by their continued popularity today.

Holiday Candle Fire Prevention

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the top-three days of the year for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day and Christmas Eve. Additionally, candles start 40 percent of home decoration structure fires.

If you’re planning on using candles for home decoration this holiday season, following these five tips will help reduce the risk of those candles starting an unintentional and dangerous fire:

  1. Keep lit candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn, including furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper and flammable decorations. Nearly half of candle fires are caused by candles placed too close to flammable objects, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Holiday Candle Safety Tips 1

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  1. Don’t use lit candles in bedrooms, bathrooms or sleeping areas. Keep lit candles in sight, and blow them out when you leave a room or home, or when you go to bed.

Holiday Candle Safety Tips 2

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  1. When you use candles, place them in a sturdy, safe candle holder that will not burn or tip over.

Holiday Candle Safety Tips 3

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  1. Keep candles out of reach of children and pets who could be burned by the flame or knock the candle over, causing a fire.

Holiday Candle Safety Tips 4

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  1. Keep candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and other causes of air currents. This will help prevent nearby lightweight items from being blown into the flame where they could catch fire.


The LuDela Perfect Pillar Holiday Candle

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The founder of LuDela was inspired to create the real-flame LuDela Perfect Pillar candle after he narrowly avoided disaster as a result of a candle fire. Though the LuDela Perfect Pillar candle reduces the risk of candle fires—thanks to our timer extinguish and tilt extinguish technology—there is always an inherent risk with real flame candles of any type.

Your safety is a top priority and a core value for LuDela. With that in mind, please follow the above candle safety tips this holiday season, take precautions and use good judgment.

Happy Holidays from LuDela!