The Washington State Fire Marshal has a Valentine’s Day warning: keep an eye on burning candles:
Last year, 124 candle fires causing over $4.5 million in damages were reported to the Office of State Fire Marshal by fire agencies across the state.
That number has increased by 33 fires and almost twice the cost in damages from 2009, $2.3 million.
Before using candles to “set the mood” this Valentine’s Day, residents should be aware that on average, 42 home candle fires are reported every day. Twenty percent of the fires, the candles were unattended or abandoned.
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