Residents warned of lighting candles following fire in Orford

Residents are being warned of the dangers of having lit candles in their homes following a fire in Warrington.

The tea light was placed on the windowsill behind a curtain when it caught fire. It was spotted by a neighbour who was walking outside.

The neighbour quickly alerted the woman inside the house and the fire was extinguished using water.

It occurred at an address on Martin Avenue in Orford on Saturday 26 December.

Firefighters were alerted to the fire after the smoke alarms inside the house failed to activate.


Station Manager Mark Pollard at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Candles can lend a warm glow to an evening, but please remember that they also bring fire into your home.

“As such, they need to be treated carefully.

“Leaving candles lit when you leave a room or go to sleep could have fatal consequences.

“Thankfully nobody inside the home was injured and the fire was luckily spotted by a neighbour passing by and it was quickly extinguished before any serious damage was caused.”

To prevent such a fire starting in your home please follow our candle safety advice.

It is safer to use battery operated candles, which give the ambience of the real thing. But if you are using wax candles in your home make sure that you:

• Keep clothes and hair away from the naked flame
• Always use a suitable holder when burning candles
• Keep candles out of the reach of children and away from pets
• Consider an extra smoke alarm in the rooms where you use candles
• Extinguish candles before moving them and do not let anything fall into the hot wax
• Extinguish candles before you leave a room and never go to sleep with a candle still burning
• Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high
• Trim the wick – this prevents the flame from becoming too large
• Use a snuffer or a spoon to put candles out – blowing the flame can send sparks and hot wax flying
• Double check that candles are completely out and not smouldering
• Do not burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends
• Place candles away from curtains and other flammable items
• Never put candles under shelves – make sure that there is at least one metre (three feet) between a candle and any surface above it
• Keep burning candles away from draughts, open windows and fans
• Put candles on a heat-resistant surface
• Scented candles turn to liquid in order to release their fragrance, so always burn them in a suitable glass or metal container that can withstand the heat of the liquid
• Avoid lighting candles when alcohol is being consumed.

Mark added: “I would also strongly advise people to get a smoke alarm fitted in their home and if they already have one I would ask you to check it works.”

For more information about smoke alarms and escape routes visit CFRS’ website, www.cheshirefire.gov.uk.

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