Is it safe to use candles or flashlights during a power outage?
Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure. Never use a candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet, or when fueling equipment – such as a lantern or kerosene heater. Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering
While flashlights and battery-powered lamps are the safer sources of light during lengthy power outages, candles are also reliable alternatives if used safely. It’s important to remember that a candle is an open flame, which always runs the potential risk of a fire-related accident.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 20% of candle fires involving fatalities occur during a loss of power.