Nothing creates a cozy atmosphere like candles, but if you're burning candles in your apartment, think seriously about fire safety before you light the wick. Here are some important tips for safely burning candles.

  • Never leave a flame unattended, whether it's a small tea light or the stove. If you plan on lighting candles, make sure you blow them out before leaving the room.
  • Candles are safe on a non-flammable surface. Make sure to only light candles on tables or countertops, never on upholstered furniture or near curtains.
  • Once you've found a safe surface for the candle, you need to remove other potential hazards. Make sure nothing can fall into the candle, and be sure to keep it away from curtains or the breeze from an open window.
  • A good fire prevention habit is to always put candles up out of reach of your children and pets. Make sure to light them high up on a table or shelf, never within reach of small children or a curious pup.