Ahead of Valentine’s Day, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reminds the romantics and everyone else to keep fire safety in mind when cooking on the stove or in the oven and when using candles. The association has released several resources for a safer home in light of the romantic holiday.
While cooking is the leading cause of U.S. home fires with nearly half (49 percent) of all home fires involving cooking equipment, candles also pose a fire risk. NFPA reports that half of all candle fires start when a flammable object, including furniture, bedding, curtains, home decorations, or clothing are too close to a lit candle.
To have a safer household, NFPA has released the following safety tips:
“Keeping a close eye on what’s cooking can be a challenge, particularly on special occasions like Valentine’s Day when you’re trying to get everything just right,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of NFPA’s outreach and advocacy. “But when you consider that unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires, it’s clear that carefully monitoring what’s on the stove and in the oven is critical to ensuring a fire-safe evening.”
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