Monday, October 10, 2005

Use Candles with Care: National Fire Protection Week

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We all love scented candles - you'll find links to various companies offering candles on the Fragrance page of The Style Page. The downside of our love affair with candles is that the number of home fires started by candles have tripled from 6000 per year in 1990 to nearly 20,000 in 2001. That's why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has focused on candles for National Fire Protection Week, October 9-15, 2005.

Some years ago, The Style Page was taken to task by the PR representative for a candle company, as I was critical of her client's nervous focus of the environmental benefits of soy wax candles over candles from petroleum-derived paraffin wax. I stated that the real environmental and safety problems from candles are home fires, and she countered that was common sense information that everyone knows. Much of the advice that the NFPA offers on safe use of candles is indeed common sense, but bears repeating in view of the increase of home fires. Check out their advice and stay safe!

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