As part of the Fire Kills campaign, fire and rescue services across Warwickshire are asking people to take care this Candle Fire Safety Week (16 – 22 October) and snuff out the risk of fire in their homes.
With winter fast approaching, a few candles scattered round the room can lend a warm glow to an evening in or add some festive cheer to the season’s celebrations such as Guy Fawkes’ night and Christmas.
However with candle fires resulting in over 300 casualties each year, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue are asking people to take extra care with candles this winter – more than one in three of all reported accidental fires in the home started by candles result in injury or death.
The most important step you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe is to ensure your home has working smoke alarms. To prevent candle fires from starting in your home, you should make sure your candles are kept away from flammable materials like curtains and ensure candles are put out when you leave the room, even just for a moment.
To help you enjoy your candles safely the Fire Kills campaign has offered some tips for this Candle Fire Safety Week. Have a look below:
- 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 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.
- Don’t burn several candles 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.
- Always put scented candles in a heat resistant holder. These candles are designed to liquefy when heated to maximise fragrance.
- Fit smoke alarms and test them now and monthly. 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 – practice your escape route.