Toddler's dress sets on fire due to candle

A toddler from Ellesmere Port was left badly burnt after a candle set light to her dress.

Her mother now wants to warn other parents of the danger of using candles around children.

24-year-old Jessica Osborne was in the kitchen when she heard her then two-year-old daughter Sasha-Faye Osborne scream in pain. Sahsa-Faye had accidentally lent over the flame of a candle and her summer dress ignited.

Jessica said: “I was in the kitchen at the time and I never usually light candles until the kids go to bed.  I was having visitors round however so lit just one. I heard Sasha-Faye scream and I ran into the living room and found her dress on fire. My instinctive reaction was to rip the dress off her and then I called 999.”

Sasha-Faye was rushed to hospital and suffered a burn to her tummy, which was so severe that it needed a skin graft from her leg. Sasha-Faye spent some time in hospital before being allowed home this week.

Jessica added: “Sasha has been really brave but I don’t want any other children to experience what she has. I have been telling all my friends to get rid of all their candles and throw them out, to stop this happening again. I would urge any parent to do the same, it’s just not worth it.”

Keith Brooks, Head of Protection and Prevention said: “I’m glad to hear that Sasha-Faye is back home with her family and I wish her well as she recovers from her injuries. This was an unfortunate accident which we don’t want repeated. 

“Many people have candles in their homes but if you do light them, please be aware of the dangers, especially if you have young children playing nearby. Jessica has unfortunately learnt the hard way but I hope that people learn from her experience and take her advice.”

Here are some safety tips that will help you to use candles safely:

  • Always use a suitable holder when burning candles

  • Consider an extra smoke alarm in the rooms that candles are burnt in

  • Extinguish candles before moving them and don't let anything fall into the hot wax, like matchsticks

  • Candles should always be sited out of the reach of children and away from areas that pets can get into

  • Don't put them under shelves - make sure there's at least one metre (three feet) between a candle and any surface above it

  • Keep clothes and hair away from the naked flame. If there's any chance you could forget a candle is there and lean across or brush past it, put it somewhere else.

  • Use a snuffer or a spoon to put them out. Blowing them can send sparks and hot wax flying, and double check that they are completely out and not still smouldering

  • Put them on a heat-resistant surface and be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic; TVs are not fire resistant objects

  • Don't leave them burning. You should extinguish candles before you leave a room; never go to sleep with a candle still burning and never leave a burning candle or oil burner in a child's bedroom

  • 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 and that the liquid cannot leak from.

  • Remember - Outdoor candles should never be used indoors.

For more information - Candle safety

Date published: Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:16:27 GMT

Last updated: Thursday 26 January 2017

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