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"The use of candles has resulted in an unfortunate, growing number of fires and tragic deaths," Mayor Giuliani said. "Last year the Fire Department investigated 165 serious candle fires - up from 76 in 1999 - an alarming increase of more than 100%. By following these simple safety tips outlined by the Fire Department, candle-users can limit the risk to themselves, their families, their neighbors and our firefighters."
"It's obvious that the use of candles, for many reasons--including religious observance, aroma therapy and to create atmosphere--is becoming increasingly popular," said Commissioner Von Essen. "Sadly, though, we are seeing too many fires and needless deaths that are caused when people carelessly use candles and fail to adhere to fire safety rules."
The growing trend of fires related to candle usage has prompted the Fire Department to create a public awareness campaign which includes a 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) in English and Spanish distributed for broadcast; several print advertisements that warn of the dangers of candle fires; and a leaflet with fire safety tips to be distributed to the public by firefighters, targeting areas where candle fires have occurred. The Fire Department will seek the assistance of the media in promoting the campaign and conveying the message of fire safety for those who use candles.
At the press conference, Mayor Giuliani and Commissioner Von Essen recommended the following safety tips to help ensure safe candle usage: