Betty Haass, REALTORS office
Highway 77 South
to Kingsville, Texas
West on Highway 141
(also King Avenue)
approx. 1/4 mile from 77
on South side of street
About Home Candle Fires
Do you use candles in your home to decorate?
According to the National Candle Association (NCA), candles are
used in seven out of ten households in the United States.
people don’t view candles as a fire hazard, but the number of home
candle fires is steadily increasing.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports from 1983
through 1997 candles in the home caused an annual average of 8,690 fires,
104 civilian deaths, 947 injuries and estimated direct property loss of
half of the home candle fires started in the bedroom, with 19 percent
starting in the living rooms, family rooms or dens.
Thirty-six percent occurred because candles were left unattended,
abandoned or inadequately controlled.
is an open flame that can easily ignite nearby combustible materials.
The NFPA offers the following safety tips:
Use candles only with constant adult supervision.
Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or going to
Keep candles away from items that can catch fire, such as
Christmas trees, clothing, paper or curtains.
Place candles and candle holders on a secure piece of
furniture. Make sure
candleholders are non-combustible and large enough to collect dripping
Do not place lighted candles in windows, where blinds or
curtains can close over them.
Keep wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch, and extinguish candles when
they burn to within two inches of the holder.
Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable
Do not use candles in places where they can be knocked over
by children or pets.
Use flashlights or battery generated lights during power
Avoid carrying a lighted candle.
Never use a candle for light near a kerosene heater or
Extinguish all candles when leaving the home or when going
Good: Ham and Hash Brown Casserole
Shared by American Heart Association
Vegetable oil spray
12 ounces frozen nonfat
hash brown potatoes
4 oz. low-fat,
low-sodium ham, thinly sliced and chopped (about 1 cup)
1 cup chopped onion
(about 2 medium onions)
1/2 cup chopped green
onions (about 9) or fresh green pepper
1/2 cup nonfat or light
1/2 cup fat-free
evaporated milk or fat-free half-half
1 finely chopped
jalapeno pepper (optional)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 ounces reduced-fat
sharp cheddar cheese (3/4 cup)