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Candles can create a
beautiful atmosphere in your California condo. They may bring about an aura of
calm and serenity. However, candles can be a dangerous fire hazard in a condo
if not handled properly. After all, they are very small fires. Neglecting
candles in your home could start a larger fire that may affect not only your
unit, but your neighbor’s as well. Any subsequent damage may result in a claim
being filed on your insurance policy, as well as that of your neighbor’s.
Carelessness resulting in a fire that could have been avoided may cause your
condo insurance premiums to go up, as you may be considered a higher risk.
According to the
National Candle Association, there are some safety precautions that you may
take to minimize the risks associated with burning candles in your condo.
- It may be dangerous to leave a room where
candles are burning. You may want to extinguish them first.
- It may be best to keep candles away from
curtains, furniture or other flammable objects, as well as children and
- You may need to be sure the surface on
which you place your candles is heat resistant and sturdy. Shaky tables
may cause candles to fall over and start a fire.
Proper handling of
candles is largely common sense. It is vital that you take responsibility for
candles and other potentially hazardous things in your condo in order to
prevent avoidable accidents and insurance claims.