Candles - Fire safety in the home
published on 29 August 2018

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 

  1. Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room and especially before bed.
  2. These items should always be held firmly in heat-resistant holders and placed on a stable surface where they won’t be knocked over.
  3. Keep them away from materials that might catch fire – that's things like curtains, furniture, clothes and hair. 
  4. Be especially careful if you have a lot of flammable items in your home, like collections of books, magazines or papers. 
  5. Be aware that tea lights get very hot and without proper holders can melt through plastic surfaces like a TV or bath.
  6. To avoid accidents keep candles and other naked flames out of reach of children and pets.
  7. 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