Candle Safety

Over the last three years accidental candle fires in the home have more than doubled from only 6 in 2010/11 to 14 in 2012/13.

Many of us enjoy using candles and tealights, particularly during celebrations and on dark evenings, but none of us want to burn down our homes or risk our lives by not using candles safely.

Remember you must never use candles as the only way of lighting or heating your home – click here to view how we can support you to stay safe and warm in your home

Using candles safely

  • Always place your candles and tealights in a suitable fire resistant candleholder
  • Make sure the candleholder holds candles and tealights firmly and is on a flat and stable surface to stop it falling over
  • Always put the candleholder on a heat resistant surface like a ceramic plate (tea lights can melt plastic surfaces such as the top of a television or the side of a bath)
  • Always leave at least 10cm (4 inches) between burning candles and tealights. Never place them under shelves or other enclosed spaces.
  • Keep candles, tealights, matches and lighters out of the reach of children and pets
  • Keep candles and tealights away from curtains, furniture and anything else that can catch fire
  • Keep loose clothing and hair away from candles and tealights when they are lit
  • Always put candles and tealights out and leave to cool down before you try to move them
  • Use a candle ‘snuffer’ or metal spoon to put candles and tealights out – it is safer than blowing them out which can send sparks and hot wax flying
  • Never leave lit candles or tealights unattended
  • Never put tealights on on plastic surfaces such as baths

View the videos below to see how dangerous candles can be:

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