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Home fires increase during Swedish winter

Home fires increase during Swedish winter

Published: 11 Dec 2011 13:13 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Dec 2011 13:13 GMT+01:00

With advent, Lucia and Christmas, Swedish firefighters are kept busy during the month of December, with 12 percent of all recorded fires caused by candles left unattended.

"Most fires caused by candles happen during the winter months. More than 40 percent of all home fires during the year, caused by candles, happen during December," said Anders Lundberg at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd oct beredskap, MSB.)

Last year 78 house fires in Sweden were caused by candles, compared to 18 during the month of November, according to the agency.

On an annual basis candles only cause three percent of the total number of house fires, but December stands out as a clear exception, when the number rises quickly to 12 percent.

"Of course we shouldn't stop lighting candles in the winter darkness, but we need to be more cautious about how we handle them to decrease the risk of fire in our homes," Lundberg said.

Ten days into December, Swedish fire departments are kept busy.

Early on Sunday morning, a 26-year-old man was killed in an apartment fire in Nässjö east of Jönköping.

About twenty firefighters worked to put the fire out and get the young man out of the flat, but he was later declared dead by medical staff at the local hospital.

A house in the exclusive area of Saltsjöbaden just outside Stockholm was burned to the ground during the weekend.

Fortunately, the residents were all able to escape the flames, but the fire was described as "fully developed."

"We have personnel from three fire stations on the scene, and a total of six trucks," firefighter Kaj Broberg told the Expressen daily.

Also on Sunday morning, fire savaged the large shopping centre Nordstan in Gothenburg, where a good 50 firefighters worked for hours to control the flames.

However, in this case the firefighters believe that the fire was started in some faulty cables.

TT/Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:40 December 11, 2011 by dizzymoe33
I use battery operated flameless candles which are made of real wax but are much safer than real candles and they look amazing when they are on. They cast a nice realistic flame and a warm glow on the walls.
23:56 December 11, 2011 by Grass
Again, this is a no-brainer......

Obvious statement and useless article from the Local.....

Obviously nothing happening in Sweden...
01:56 December 12, 2011 by Grokh
how hard is it to use small candles in a plate so that even if it falls it falls on the plate...

only dumb people put candles next to cloth and paper etc.
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