Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fire Prevention Month- Say NO to Flamed Candles & Practice Safe Scents with Scentsy!

Safe Candles by Scentsy. Practice Safe Scents!Various Scentsy Warmers

My kids have been doing a lot of activities at school this month to learn about fire prevention month. We plotted our escape routes on graphing paper, we practiced our routes and we reviewed different scenarios. One fact that I kept repeatedly seeing in all of the information that was being sent home with my kids from school is the danger of wicked and flamed candles. I always knew they were so dangerous, but wow! The facts were more serious than I thought.

Here are some facts that I found on the National Fire Protection Agency's website:

During 2003-2007, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 15,260 home structure fires started by candles per year. These fires caused an annual average of 166 civilian deaths, 1,289 civilian fire injuries, and $450 million in direct property damage. Candles caused 4% of the reported home fires, 6% of home fire deaths, 10% of home fire injuries, and 7% of direct property damage during this period. Homes include dwellings, duplexes, manufactured housing and apartments.

Facts and figures
During the five-year period of 2003-2007:

  • More than one-third (36%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 44% of the associated deaths and half (49%) of the associated injuries.
  • On average, 42 home candle fires were reported per day.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 12% percent of the home candle fires and 36% of the associated deaths.
  • More than half (55%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 13% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
  • Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires — and home fire deaths. Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.
Now, of course I am biased, but Scentsy products are awesome alternatives to dangerous, flamed candles. You can still scent your home without worrying if you blew your candle out completely before you left your house or if you are breathing soot into your lungs. Choose from three sizes of warmers, over 80 scents, travel tins, scent paks, fragrance foam, room sprays, scent circles and more!

To see all of the safe Scentsy products, visit www.GetSafeScents.com!

More info about Scentsy's safe candles can be found at Safe Candles by Scentsy.

flame image retrieved from http://safecandlesbyscentsy.blogspot.com/

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