I am going to look a gift horse in the mouth here, but I have never seen or heard of anyone activating a magic item which has weapon properties like flaming.
Upon command, a flaming weapon is sheathed in fire that deals an extra 1d6 points of fire damage on a successful hit. The fire does not harm the wielder. The effect remains until another command is given.
Activating a command word magic item is a standard action and does not provoke attacks of opportunity.
Does anyone ever turn their weapons off? Is it just okay to put a flaming sword back into the sheath, so that it's raring to go next time it's drawn?
I am interested in whether my interpretation of this is RAW or something the developers have explicitly confirmed as how these properties work.