Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Snuff out the fire risk! – Candle Fire Safety Week 19th – 25th November 2012

Fire and Rescue Services across the country are asking people to take care this Candle Fire Safety Week and snuff out the risk of fire in their homes.

With the days growing darker and winter setting in, a few candles scattered round the room can lend a warm glow to an evening in or add some festive cheer to the up-coming Christmas season celebrations.

The most important step you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe is to ensure your home has a working smoke alarm. To prevent candle fires from starting in your home, you should make sure your candles are kept away from flammable materials such as curtains and ensure candles are put out when you leave the room, even for a moment.

Candles are a typical sight in many homes, scenting our rooms and giving an atmospheric glow to cold winter nights. But it's important to remember that a candle is not just a decorative feature. Left unattended, an open flame scenting your home could leave a trail of devastation.

Place your lit candles with extra care, away from curtains, pets and children and always remember to put them out completely when you leave the room, even for a moment."

Even with these precautions it's vital to be prepared should the worst happen. A working smoke alarm can give you the vital time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by testing your alarm regularly and by practicing your escape routes.

To help you enjoy your candles safely, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service recommend you follow these top tips

Never leave lit candles unattended. Put burning candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they're completely out at night.

Place your candles carefully. Make sure they are on a stable surface, out of the 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.

Do not burn several candles close 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 liquify when heated to maximise fragrance.

Fit a smoke alarm and test it regularly. 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 - practise your escape route.

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