Candle Safety


Important safety reminders from NASFM and the National Candle Association. Feel free to share.

As Hurricane Activity Increases, So Does the Importance of Fire Safety

Tips for Safe Candle Use When the Lights Go Out

WASHINGTON, DC—Not only has hurricane season arrived, but severe weather all across the country can happen during the summer months, which often leads to the temporary loss of electric power. The U.S. candle industry and state fire marshals advise consumers to take critical safety measures if using candles or other open flames during a power outage.

An estimated 26% of fatal candle fires occur during the loss of electrical power. While flashlights and battery-powered lamps often provide a safe source of light during these power outages, candles are frequently utilized as a back-up source of light during lengthy periods.

Power outages as a result of hurricanes and severe weather cannot be avoided, but accidental candle fires can. The National Candle Association and the National Association of State Fire Marshals recommend the following precautions to keep your family and home safe:

  • Pillar candles and container candles are a better choice during a power outage than taper candles. Broader-based candles are less likely to be accidentally knocked over. When possible, candles should be enclosed within glass globes for added protection from burns or fire.
  • Place candles on a stable surface in a fire resistant holder that is at least 12 inches away from anything flammable, including upholstered furniture and window drapes. For added safety when the lights go out, a candle in its holder may be placed on a stable, nonflammable surface, such as a metal cookie sheet, frying pan or ceramic dinner plate.
  • Avoid moving a burning candle during a power outage if possible. It is easy to trip in the dark or brush against something flammable. Container candles may be too hot to handle, causing you to drop the container, which could start a fire.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Try to restrict people and candles to one room in the house so the location of family members and candle flames always can be accounted for. Always extinguish candles upon leaving a room.
  • Make sure the candles are well out of the reach of children and pets. Young children are especially apt to bump into things when a room is unfamiliarly dark.
  • Don’t use candles to search for something in a closet or small confined space. Many items in closets like clothes, papers or boxes are flammable and could accidentally ignite.
  • Never fall asleep while candles are burning. Extinguish all candles before going to bed, and never use a candle as a nightlight.
  • Extinguish candles safely. Extinguish the candle by cupping your hand behind the candle flame before blowing it out – or, better yet, snuff out the flame with a metal candle snuffer. A spark or ember, if blown from the candle, could ignite combustibles nearby.

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Is Your Child In The Right Seat?

South Carolina’s child passenger restraint law requires that:

  • Children from birth to 1 year old, or who weigh less than 20 pounds, must be secured in a rear-facing child safety seat.
  • Children 1 through 5 years old weighing at least 20 pounds and less than 40 pounds must be restrained in a forward-facing child seat.
  • Children 1 through 5 years old weighing 40 to 80 pounds must be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat.
  • Children under the age of 6 are not required to be in booster seats if they weigh more than 80 pounds or if they can sit with their backs against the car’s seat and bend their legs over the seat edge without slouching.
  • Children under 6 may not sit in the front passenger seat. However, this restriction does not apply if the vehicle has no rear passenger seats or if all other rear passenger seats are occupied by children less than 6 years old.

Violators are subject to a $150 fine. This law does not apply to taxis, church, school and day care buses, or commercial vehicles.

Back By Popular Demand !


Due to high demand the following class has been brought back for 2 more dates and locations:
7741: New Fires, So What? Prerequisite: None (Class is targeted to fire service instructors, company officers, and chief officers who may have the responsibilities to command fire ground activities.) Contact Hours: 4 This course is designed to improve decision-making through increased knowledge of the changing fire environment, review and expand understanding of fire dynamics, the importance of size-up, and choosing tactics to fit the fire conditions and re-evaluate ventilation practices. Additional information will include understanding the collapse hazard of today’s homes and tactical considerations for basement fires as well as reexamining suppression practices. This information and discussion will provide an opportunity for firefighters and instructors to get the facts and discuss myths that affect fire service training and response.
They are offerd as follows:
June 25,2016 At Double Springs FD at 08:30
July 23, 2016 At Centerville FD at 08:30
Please submit your registration to me with the date and location you would like to have

Firework Safety!!


State Fire Marshal Offers Fireworks Safety Tips

State Fire Marshal Bert Polk is urging citizens to stay safe if participating in any fireworks activities during the July 4th holiday.

“You cannot take safety for granted when it comes to fireworks,” Polk said. “We want everyone to have fun, but safety precautions must come first.”

For those choosing to use consumer fireworks, the State Fire Marshal suggests these safety tips:

• Observe local laws. If unsure whether it is legal to use fireworks, check with local officials.

• Buy from fireworks retailers permitted through the Fire Marshal’s Office.

• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

• Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.

• Use common sense and always read and follow the directions on each firework.

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

• Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass, and trees.

• Light one firework at a time and keep a safe distance.

• Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.

• Never give fireworks to small children.

• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

• Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

• Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.

• Put used fireworks in a bucket of water; keep a garden hose on hand.

“There are hundreds of permitted professional fireworks displays available to South Carolinians to enjoy during the Fourth of July holiday,” Polk said. “Residents can consult their local fire officials for displays in their area.”


The Anderson County Fire Department Wishes Everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday!