Candle Safety

Whether you're using your candles to scent and decorate or as a religious symbol, these popular home accessories can be dangerous so reduce your risk of causing a fire by checking out our recommendations.

  • Never leave a candle unattended and remember to extinguish it before you go asleep.
  • Make sure the candle is standing up straight and is firmly fixed in a proper holder so it can't fall over. Scented candles turn to liquid in order to release their fragrance, so always burn them in a suitable glass or metal container that will not leak the liquid and can withstand the heat from it.
  • Always place candles on a heat resistant surface. Nightlights and tealights can melt plastic surfaces, such as the top of the TV and the side of a bath tub.
  • Keep candles out of draughts, blowing curtains and sources of heat or direct sunlight.
  • Always leave at least 10cm (four inches) between two candles and never place them under shelves or other surfaces.
  • Extinguish candles before they burn into holders.
  • Burn all candles well out of reach of children and pets.
  • Always put candles out before you move them. Using a 'snuffer' or a spoon is safer than blowing them out, which can send sparks and hot wax flying.
  • Consider an extra smoke alarm in the rooms where you burn candles.
  • NEVER use outdoor candles indoors.
  • NEVER lean across a candle - you could set your hair or clothes on fire.
  • NEVER play with candles.

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For more information about fire safety or to book a FREE Home Safety Check visit our Safe and Well section.

Last update: 16/02/2018 11:46:46
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