Fire safety at home


Candles are not an unusual sight in homes – they can be used to add a warm glow and pleasant aroma – but naked flames create risk so candles should be treated with care.

For safe enjoyment:

  • make sure candles are secured in a proper holder and are away from materials that may catch fire like curtains
  • children should not be left alone with lit candles
  • put candles out when you leave the room and make sure they're put out completely at night
  • keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times
  • burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid drafts, vents or air currents – this will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting and excessive dripping
  • trim the wick to a quarter of an inch – about two-thirds of a centimetre – each time before burning, as long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring
  • don't move candles once they are lit
  • follow the manufacturer's advice on the candle's burn time and proper use
  • don't burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring – this happens mainly with tea-lights
  • use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles – it's safer than blowing them out, which can cause sparks to fly

Never leave candles unattended.