Take care when burning candles at home is latest fire safety advice - The Droitwich Standard

Take care when burning candles at home is latest fire safety advice

Droitwich Editorial 27th Oct, 2023   0

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is warning people that candles can light up the home in more ways than one.

About a third of all fires started by candles and attended by fire and rescue services result in a death or injury with around 300 casualties nationally each year.

There have been 91 incidents alone in Herefordshire and Worcestershire between October 2013 and 2023 with 15 injuries.

So HWFRS is asking people to take extra care this winter as part of the Fire Kills Campaign’s Candle Fire Safety Week (October 23-29).

People are encouraged to ensure their home has working smoke alarms and to keep candles away from flammable materials like curtains before putting them out when leaving a room.

Emma Roberts, HWFRS Head of Prevention, said: “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 when you leave the room, even for a moment, or as a safer, brighter alternative you could use LED candles.

“Even with these precautions it’s vital to be prepared should the worst happen.

“Working smoke alarms 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 alarms weekly and by practising your escape routes.”


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