Many of us enjoy using candles, particularly during celebrations and festivals, but none of us want to burn down our homes or risk our lives by not using candles safely.
Using candles safely
- Always place your candles/tea lights in a suitable fire resistant candleholder
- Make sure the candleholder holds the candle/tea light 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/tea lights and never place them under shelves or other enclosed spaces. Keep candles/tea lights, matches and lighters out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep candles/tea lights away from curtains, furniture and anything else that can catch fire. Keep loose clothing and hair away from candles/tea lights when they are lit.
- Always put candles/tea lights out and leave to cool down before you try to move them. Always put candles/tea lights out when you are out of the room and when you go to sleep.
- Use a candle ‘snuffer’ or a metal spoon to put the candle/tea light out – it is safer than blowing them out which can send sparks and hot wax flying.
View the videos below to see how dangerous candles can be: