An unusual safety anomaly seems to happen every February 14. Homeowners across the U.S. are far more likely to report a fire alarm in the evening hours on Valentine’s Day compared to a typical night, according to aggregated and anonymized data from millions of properties secured by

The company found a 64 percent increase in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on Valentine’s Day.

“It seems like perhaps less experienced cooks may be attempting ambitious, multi-course meals to impress their Valentine,” said Abe Kinney,’s senior director of Product Management. “Another contributing factor may be an overabundance of candles for elevated romantic ambience. Some may become lost in the moment and forget that they have lots of little house-torches burning. Whatever the reason, it’s great that so many homes are protected by connected smoke detectors that can be monitored by professionals – whether the owners and their pets are home or not.”

Data reviewed from the last two years indicates fire alarms increase significantly on Valentine’s Day between 5 to 9 p.m.

A typical evening results in 1,226 weekday alarms during that same time range.

On Valentine’s Day, the smoke alarm frequency rose to 2,010 alarms.