JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's fire marshal is reminding people to use caution with candles as they gather to celebrate the holidays.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. And the National Fire Protection Association said the top four days for candle fires are around Christmas and New Year's.
Missouri Fire Marshal Randy Cole said people should not use real candles as part of their holiday decorations and should exercise basic safety when using candles throughout their homes.
He also said people should never leave a lighted Christmas tree unattended.