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Never leave a burning candle unattended

It is important to put burning candles out when you leave the room and make sure they are completely out at night before you go to bed and not still smouldering. This includes incense and oil burners.

Always put candles on a heat resistant surface

Be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, as they can get hot enough to melt through a plastic surface (e.g. a television or bath is not a fire-resistant object). Never burn a candle right down into the holder.

Always use a suitable holder when burning candles

Candles should always be held firmly upright in heat-resistant holders so they won’t fall over and placed on a stable surface away from flammable objects such as curtains, furniture, bedding, books and magazines.  Burn candles in a well-ventilated room but avoid draughts, vents or air currents.  This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, dripping or flaring.

Don’t put them under shelves or other enclosed spaces

It’s easy to forget that there’s a lot of heat above a burning candle. If you put it under a shelf or other surface then it can burn the surface. Make sure there is at least one metre between a candle and any surface above it. Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause the flame to flare, leave at least 10cm between two burning candles or tea lights.

Keep candles and other naked flames out of the reach of children and away from pets

Always keep candles away from children and pets – clothes, hair and fur can catch fire in an instant, Never use a candle in a child’s bedroom.

Use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles

Blowing out candles can send sparks and hot wax flying, use a snuffer as this is much safer.

Don’t move candles when they’re burning

You increase the risk of fire or injury if you move a candle while it is lit. Don’t let anything fall into the hot wax and leave them to cool down before you try to move them.

Take care with ritual or scented candles

These kinds of candles turn to liquid in order to release their fragrance, so always burn them in a suitable glass or metal container that can withstand the heat of the liquid.

Always have a working smoke detector

Every home should have at least one smoke detector on every floor, but it’s a good idea to have one in every room where you burn candles. Make sure you check that the detector is working regularly.

Candle Safety