Snuff out the risk of fire in your home
Cheshire firefighters would like you to take care this Candle Fire Safety Week and snuff out the risk of fire in your home.
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.
In relation to candles in jars, there have been occasions when glasses and jars have shattered without warning when the level of the wax in the jar falls to the base of the jar.
This is due to less heat energy being absorbed by the remaining wax resulting in the glass heating up excessively to the point when it may crack or shatter with force.
Users are advised to continually supervise all candles and extinguish the candle when the level of wax reduces close to the base of a jar, say to 1 or 1.5cm.
Even once the candle is out, never pick up a hot jar that has contained a burning candle until it has cooled sufficiently to be able to do so.
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)
Carry out your own home safety check
Complete our online home safety check and you will get a personalised fire safety plan, which will offer advice on how to prevent fires in your home.
Do the online home safety check
Book a home safety check
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will fit free smoke alarms for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.
If you are over 65 years of age and you live in Cheshire, you can arrange for a Firefighter or a Community Safety Advocate to visit your home for a free home safety visit. During the home safety visit advice will be given on how to make your home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire. Free smoke alarms will also be fitted (if needed) with an explanation on how to maintain them correctly.
Book a home safety visit for over 65’s
Last updated: Monday 21 October 2019