Cambs Fire Service: Candle safety

CANDLES are a frequent cause of fires in homes. The naked flame is usually unprotected and the container may be unstable, or unable to insulate against the amount of heat emitted from the wax and/or flame. Following some simple precautions and using them

CANDLES are a frequent cause of fires in homes. The naked flame is usually unprotected and the container may be unstable, or unable to insulate against the amount of heat emitted from the wax and/or flame.

Following some simple precautions and using them sensibly, however, will help you to avoid a disaster in your home whether you are inside it at the time or not, asleep or awake:

• Never leave candles unattended or go to sleep while they are lit

• Leave plenty of space above and around the candle and its holder


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• Place candles in a draught-free area away from curtains, furniture and other flammable surfaces

• Choose a suitable site for your candles that is flat and stable

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• Always use a proper candle-holder and fit the candle in firmly

• Always use a heat-resistant surface to place the candle holder on - e.g. a ceramic plate, especially for night-light candles

• Never place candles directly on televisions or other polished surfaces

• Keep candles out of reach of children and pets

• Never attempt to move a candle once it is lit

• Always use a candle-snuffer, or an unturned metal spoon to extinguish the candle and allow cooling before moving it

If you do nothing else to protect your home and your family, ensure you fit a smoke alarm that has the kite mark and conforms to British Standard 5446 (Part 1). Test the smoke alarm at least once a week by pressing the test button and know the life span of your battery - mark your calendar as a reminder to replace it.

To find out more about Christmas fire safety or smoke alarms, contact 01480 444666 or visit www.cambsfire.gov.uk

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