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Candles and tea lights

Every year Kent Fire and Rescue Service responds to more than 20 candle fires in the home. Be candle smart and protect yourself, your family and your home by following these top tips:

  • Candles should be fitted in a candle holder, placed on a non-flammable surface.
  • They shouldn't be left unattended when burning, especially with young children or pets in the house.
  • Make sure candles aren't burning close to curtains, bedding, clothing or even plants which might catch fire.
  • Be sure not place burning candles on window sills or on the floor.
  • Extinguish all candles before going to bed.
  • Burning candles shouldn't be placed anywhere where they might be knocked over or caught in a draught.
  • Buy ceramic containers that are well ventilated, containers will get very hot and may make the flame larger and cause it to flare up.
  • Be sure not allow anything to fall into the molten wax as this can form a secondary wick.
  • It's best not to move candles when they are alight or while the wax is molten.
  • Remember to buy a smoke alarm and test it regularly.

 

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