Safely Light Your Way during Power Outages – Do Not Use Candles

Here are a few tips to help you prepare and safely light your way during a power outage.

Have flashlights, battery powered lighting, such as “battery operated” candles, and extra batteries ready in case of a power outage. 

The and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend regular candles not be used during power outages.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, on average, a candle fire in the home is reported to a U.S. fire department every 30 minutes.

What is a battery operated candle?

A battery operated, or “flameless” candle is a safe alternative to a regular candle.

  • Looks and feels like a regular candle.
  • Illuminates like a regular candle. Some flicker like regular candles.
  • Does not contain a flame.
  • Battery operated.
  • Can be purchased most everywhere regular candles are sold.

For additional information, you may wish to visit the following websites:

Facts and Statistics regarding candle related fires.


What to do before, during, and after a power outage.


Questions regarding safely lighting your way during a power outage and flameless candles can be directed to our Public Education Office at jglanz@nsfire.org or 414-228-0292.


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