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A candle is an open flame, meaning that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.

Fact: December is the peak time of year for home candle fires, most of which involve decorations.

Candle with Care

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed
  • Avoid using candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep
  • Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn
  • Consider using flameless, battery-operated candles in your home, as they can look and smell like real candles


If you burn candles, make sure you...
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended - not even for a few moments
  • Use non-combustible, sturdy container/holder to secure candles; place them on an uncluttered, solid and steady surface
  • Light candles carefully and be mindful of long hair and loose clothing near the flame
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • Never leave a child or pet alone in a room with a burning candle
  • Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children's reach
  • Don't burn a candle all the way down to the base of the holder
  • Candle wicks should be cut to approximately a quarter inch prior to lighting
  • Never use candles during a power outage; instead, have flashlights and battery-operated lighting on stand-by for emergencies
Religious Candle Safety
  • Do not pass handheld candles from one person to another person
  • When lighting candles at a candle lighting service, have the person with the unlit candle dip their candle into the flame of the lit candle
  • Do not place lit candles in windows where blinds, drapes or curtains can catch fire
  • Candles placed on or near tables, altars or shrines, must be watched by an adult
  • If a candle must burn continuously, ensure it is enclosed in a glass container and placed in a sink, on a metal tray or in a deep basin filled with water
  • Be cautious of hair and loose clothing near open flames
Holiday Candle Safety


  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o-lanterns
  • If using a real candle in jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter to light the wick
  • Place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards


  • Never use lit candles to decorate a Christmas tree
  • Keep candles at least 3 feet away from things that can burn (i.e., Christmas trees, decorations, curtains, etc.)
  • Consider using battery-operated candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles

How to Be Fire Safe (Flip Book)

Prevention and safety tips including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide, candles, cooking, smoker's material, fire pits, barbecues, home heating, fire safety for children, electrical and home fire escape planning.

For More Information

Fire Prevention Office
10465 - 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0P5

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm (Closed on weekends and statutory holidays)

Telephone 780-496-3628 (voicemail only)

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