It takes time to figure out the average cost of a bathroom remodel, get a few different kitchen estimates or even to figure out ‘how much does a deck cost’. And when you’ve finally finished trying to budget remodeling, and it comes down to renovating your home, it takes a lot of time and money to get it all done! That’s why we here at Mihalko’s General Contracting know how devastating it can be to lose the home you love, especially to a careless mistake like misusing a candle. However, did you know that there are over 18,000 candle-caused fires annually in the United States? How about that experts most often blame those fires on the carelessness of the candle user? As surprising as these facts may be, the truth is candle-caused fires can happen to anyone! That’s why we’ve created a list of some National Fire Protection Association tips on safe candle use.


Safe Candle Use:

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle near combustible gas.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.


It’s important to practice fire safety in and out of the house. Unfortunately, no matter how safe you are, sometime fires can unexpectedly happen! And when the fire is put out and it’s time to clean up, it’s important to call someone you can trust. It’s important to call a family company that’s been a top contractor in fire and water damage restoration in the Johnstown PA, Latrobe PA, and Altoona PA area for over 34 years. It’s important to call Mihalko’s General Contracting for your fire restoration needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about fire safety and protection, visit: www.NFPA.org

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