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Candle Dangers

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By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna

The use of candles in many homes has caused a lot of damages, sadness, unforgettable issues as a result of loss of lives and property.
Candles are very popular ways to add a lot of ambience to a home. The light they create makes a room look attractive and their various scents are enjoyable. They are used in times of celebration, relaxation, romance, as decoration or even as a light source when the power goes out!

With all of their pleasant uses it’s not easy to recognize that candles can be dangerous and should be used with care.
Candles present a significant fire hazard as well as risk of physical injuries even death, in many circumstances.
Candle use is a leading cause of house fires.
Mrs Biodun Nurudeen a housewife, narrated her experience with candles. When the power went out, she lit the candle and placed it on a refrigerator, while attending to her children’s home work. In the process, she and the children slept off.

The candle fire starts on the refrigerator, it burns the whole fridge and the fire was approaching the ceiling, the smoke was all over the house, she was struggling with the children to come out of the house, the intervention of her neighbour who perceived the smell of the smoke, attracted other neighbours who came to rescue the family.

Markus Friday, civil servant, said: “I have given my family instruction not to use candles in my absence. Reason is that my wife is careless and anything can happen most especially when I am on night duty. Whenever there is power failure, a rechargeable torch light is used in my house. I don’t allow candle in my absence,” he emphasized.

Candle fires start when somethingthat could burn, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations are too close to the candle.
According to research, 20 per cent of candle fires, are unattended or abandoned, when the children at home are not sensible to the dangers of placing a candle on any stands while their parents are away.
Over 36% of home candle fires begin in the bedroom, falling asleep is a factor in 12% of home candle fires and 36% of the associated deaths.

One-half of home candle fire deaths occur between midnight and 6am when people are sleeping and most vulnerable.

Young children and older adults have the highest death risk from candle fires.

Due to power failure, many homes make use of candles, but if you decide to use candles, use them sparingly and be mindful of its dangers.
Make sure all smoke detectors in the home are working properly by pushing the test button.

Ensure all candles are in sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holders and placed where they cannot be easily knocked
over. Always avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas.

Make sure you extinguish candles after use and before going to bed.

Never leave the room without being assured the candle is out and keep candles out of the reach of children and pets, why because many mothers always tell their children to off the candle, it is not the duty of children, make sure you put off candle yourself.
Make sure you always use a flashlight – not a candle for emergency lighting.

Don’t place lit candles on windows, where blinds and curtains can close over them.

If using matches to light a candle, extinguish them in water before throwing them away. The paper in a waste-basket could easily ignite from a match that still has a glowing ember.
And never leave burning candles unattended!
Remember, time is the biggest enemy and every second counts! Whenever candles catches fire in the house you need to scape first, and then call for help, never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke, and try
to keep your mouth covered.
Never return to a burning building for any reason, it may cost you your life.
Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it frequently with your family.
Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room.


 

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