Fire Safety - Candles

Keeping you safe - take care when using open flames, always follow the advice below.

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As we head into the darker months, there may be a higher chance of people using candles. Whenever you use a candle, it's important to follow the basic health and safety advice as follows:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. This is the most important rule of candle safety. Always extinguish candles before leaving a room or going to bed.
  • Use sturdy candle holders made of non-flammable materials. Make sure the candle fits snugly in the holder and can't tip over. Place them on a heat-resistant surface. 
  • Keep candles and flames away from clothes, curtains, cushions, paper, and other flammable materials. 
  • Do not put candles under shelves, the heat rises to the shelf and can cause a fire.
  • Ensure candles are out of reach of children and pets and never leave them alone with burning candles.
  • Do not use candles if you feel drowsy, sleepy or are struggling to concentrate.
  • Trim the wick to 1/4 inch before lighting the candle. A longer wick can cause the candle to burn too quickly or unevenly.
  • Don't burn candles all the way down to the bottom. The heat from the flame can cause the container to crack or break.