The National Candle Association (NCA) says 85 percent of candle-related fires could be eliminated by following three simple steps:
1) Always keep a burning candle within sight. Keep the candle away from anything flammable. Keep the candle away from children and pets.
2) Trim the candle wick to 1/4 inch before each use, always using a candle holder and placing it on a stable heat-resistant surface, and keeping candles away from open windows and drafts.
3) Leaving a lit candle unattended is the number one cause of candle-related fires.
For more information on candles and candle safety, go to the National Candle Association's Web site at www.candles.org.