Did You Know?
There were 1,050 home candle fires in 2015-16, according to the Home Office. What’s more, the number of Britons killed by candle fires has more than doubled in the last four years to 12 deaths every year. With so much danger from a common household commodity, how can you keep yourself safe while burning candles? Read on to learn about what dangers and precautions to consider the next time you light a candle.
Snuffing Out Candle Fire Risks
The Danger of Burning Candles
More than three fires are started by candles every day in the United Kingdom, according to the Home Office. Candle fires often start because the candle was left unattended or inadequately supervised, a combustible material was left too close or a child was playing with the candle.
Most candle-related house fires occur between October and February, due in part to the winter and festive season. While you may be focused on the festive season during this time, don’t overlook the hazards presented by burning candles around decorations.
The safest alternative to using a burning candle is to instead own battery-operated candles.
Do’s and Don’ts of Candle Use
- Keep candles away from flammable materials, such as curtains.
- Put out candles when you leave the room. Never leave candles unattended.
- Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
- Don’t move candles once they are lit.
- Frequently check your smoke alarms. These devices give you time to exit in the event of a fire, get to safety and call 999.
- Practise your fire escape route. Everyone in your home should know what to do in the case of a fire.
Protect Your Home and Your Life
Scented candles are becoming more popular as gifts and home commodities every year. In 2016 alone, candle sales increased by 17 per cent, according to retail industry research. While these items can bring warmth to your home, they can also open the opportunity for danger. Neglecting to prioritise fire safety could lead to huge costs, injury and even death.
Contact the insurance professionals at Bond Lovis Insurance Brokers today for more information on protecting your home or flat from fires.