Fire Safety When the Lights Go Out

When the power goes out your first thought might be to light some candles. But that’s not really the safest choice. If you don’t have a flashlight, candles might be your only option, but pay attention to where you light them and what they are near.

Candle safety tips:
• NEVER use candles in children’s rooms.
• NEVER go to sleep while candles are lit.
• Never put candles on windowsills or near drapes, curtains or other flammable fabric.
• Use a reliable glass or metal candleholder—make sure your candleholder is actually designed  to hold a LIT candle and not just meant to be decorative.
• Choose a high location (such as a kitchen countertop or mantel) where the candle won’t be knocked over by a child or pet.
• Extinguish candles before they burn out.

The smartest solution? Plan ahead by buying some flashlights and extra batteries so you can skip the candles all together. While you’re at it, check your backup batteries in your smoke detectors—for homes where the smoke detectors are hard-wired into your wiring, the backup battery is your only defense if the power is out. Be sure to test and change the batteries regularly (especially whenever they make that annoying chirping sound).

Do you have any other lights out tips? We want to know what works for you!

Thanks to Flickr user Mike