One of the primary reasons people buy life insurance is to protect their loved ones from an unexpected tragedy. People can also use common sense to reduce their chances of becoming another statistic.
Indeed, the American Candle Association reports on its website that basic safety precautions can prevent approximately 85 percent of candle-related fires.
Consumers are reminded, for example, to never leave a burning candle unattended and to keep them away from flammable surfaces. Some candle fires are also started by pets or children playing, emphasizing the importance of proper supervision.
The group also warns that a candle wick that is too long or crooked can be a safety hazard, and that candles should be burned in a well-ventilated room on a stable and heat-resistant surface.
A recent Boston Herald article stated that a fire in an apartment building caused $30,000 in damage after children playing basketball indoors knocked over a candle, sparking the fire.