Whether you're using your candles to scent and decorate or as a
religious symbol, these popular home accessories can be dangerous
so reduce your risk of causing a fire by checking out our
Never leave a candle unattended and remember to extinguish it
before you go asleep.
Make sure the candle is standing up straight and is firmly
fixed in a proper holder so it can't fall over. Scented candles
turn to liquid in order to release their fragrance, so always burn
them in a suitable glass or metal container that will not leak the
liquid and can withstand the heat from it.
Always place candles on a heat resistant surface. Nightlights
and tealights can melt plastic surfaces, such as the top of the TV
and the side of a bath tub.
Keep candles out of draughts, blowing curtains and sources of
heat or direct sunlight.
Always leave at least 10cm (four inches) between two candles
and never place them under shelves or other surfaces.
Extinguish candles before they burn into holders.
Burn all candles well out of reach of children and pets.
Always put candles out before you move them. Using a 'snuffer'
or a spoon is safer than blowing them out, which can send sparks
and hot wax flying.
Consider an extra smoke alarm in the rooms where you burn
NEVER use outdoor candles indoors.
NEVER lean across a candle - you could set your hair or clothes
NEVER play with candles.
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