Candles

Scented candles

Did you know that in 2015/2016 the number of deaths by candles trebled? This has been exacerbated by the scented candle craze. Christmas time also sees a great rise in candle fires (11% compared to 4% normally) as there are decorations around the house, with some catching fire easily.

Did you also know one candle can cause fires which reach 600°C? It only takes one small point of ignition to set a whole house or apartment on fire. Last year, candle sales went up 17%.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Don’t move them when lit as you could drop them!
  • Don’t light them under shelves as this could set the shelf above alight.
  • If you are using a scented candle, make sure you put it in a glass container when lit. Scented candles turn to liquid to release the smell and could spread alarmingly.
  • Don’t blow your candle out as this could spread embers.
  • Always put them in a proper holder.
  • Mind your clothes and hair.
  • Make sure all candles are out before you leave the room.
  • Don’t drink and use candles, as people often go to bed after a drink and could fall asleep leaving the candle unsupervised.

According to the National Candle Association, there are 10,000 candle fires each year in the USA and around 1,000 in the UK. Of these, the majority are in the bedroom. Falling asleep was a factor in 11% of fires, and 58% were caused by the candle being too close to a flammable item, such as bedlinen or curtains.

Candles may look pretty but you put yourself at risk every time you light one. Have you thought about fake candles? Sounds wrong, but these have little batteries and give out a flame like dancing light. They also won’t kill you, which has to be a massive plus point.

Remember, candles bring fire into your home. Handle them carefully.