Candle Fire Safety Week 2014

Cheshire firefighters would like you to take care this Candle Fire Safety Week (17th to 23rd November 2014) and snuff out the risk of fire in your homes. 

With the days growing darker and winter setting in, a few candles scattered round the room can lend a warm glow to an evening. But with candle fires resulting in around 350 casualties each year, we would like you to take extra care with candles this winter - nearly 40% of all fires started by candles result in a death or injury. 

Have a working smoke alarm in your home

The most important step you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe is to ensure your home has a working smoke alarm.

A working smoke alarm can give you the vital time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by testing your alarm regularly and by practising your escape routes.

Tips on how to use candles safely

To help you enjoy your candles safely, here are some tips for this Candle Fire Safety Week:

  • Never leave lit candles unattended. Put burning candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re out completely at night.

  • Place your candles carefully. Make sure they are on a stable surface, out of the reach of pets and children, and keep them away from flammable objects like curtains, furniture, bedding and books.

  • Don’t move candles once they are lit

  • Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause the flame to flare

  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, out of drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, soot, and dripping.

  • Put candles out with a snuffer or a spoon - sparks can fly if you blow them out.

  • Always put scented candles in a heat resistant holder. These candles are designed to liquify when heated to maximise fragrance.

  • Fit a smoke alarm and test it regularly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.

  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do if a fire should occur – practise your escape route.

Candle Safety Leaflet

Here is a leaflet, which can be printed. The leaflet contains safety tips and advice:

Candle Safety (new window PDF 131 KB)

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