The risk of an unexpected tragedy is often cited as one of the main reasons for people to protect loved ones with a life insurance policy. However, individuals can also reduce their chance of becoming another statistic with some common sense.
In fact, the American Candle Association notes on its website that about 85 percent of candle-related fires can be prevented with some basic safety steps.
For example, consumers are reminded to never leave a burning candle unattended and to avoid keeping them near flammable surfaces. Some candle fires are also started by pets or playing children, which further illustrates the importance of proper supervision.
The group also warns that an excessively long or crooked candle wick can be a safety hazard, while also pointing out that candles should be burned in a well-ventilated room on a stable and heat-resistant surface.
Elsewhere, a recent Boston Herald article noted that a fire in an apartment building caused $30,000 in damage after children playing basketball indoors knocked over a candle and touched off the blaze.