Top 5 Simple Ways to Prevent Home Fires

Safety expert details how blazes start and what you can do to prevent them.


Fire Threat 5: Candles

Since they have open flames and are fixtures in many households, candles are also among the most common sources of home fires.

Solution: Think about batteries Instead of using traditional, open-flame candles, consider switching to battery-operated candles that look and perform like real ones. If you do use traditional candles, make sure there is always an adult paying attention in the room when one is burning. (The flame should be extinguished when the adult leaves the room.) "Get out of the habit of lighting a candle in a room and just leaving it burning," Appy says. "You are inviting disaster." Finally, candles should not be lit in your bedroom.