Candles are one of the common causes of home fires. Can you use them safely at home?
Over 200 fires at home started candles last year...
Though they create a gorgeous warm glow, candles need handling with care. In 2017, 234 fires in London were connected to candle use. So how can you use them safely? Let's take a closer look...
How to use candles and incense safely
- Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room and especially before bed.
- These items should always be held firmly in heat-resistant holders and placed on a stable surface where they won’t be knocked over.
- Keep them away from materials that might catch fire – that's things like curtains, furniture, clothes and hair.
- Be especially careful if you have a lot of flammable items in your home, like collections of books, magazines or papers.
- Be aware that tea lights get very hot and without proper holders can melt through plastic surfaces like a TV or bath.
- To avoid accidents keep candles and other naked flames out of reach of children and pets.
- LED candles can be a great alternative – they're safe even if you fall asleep or forget to blow them out!
For more information go to the London Fire Brigade's website