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Never leave a lit candle unattended

Candles and decorative lights

More than 50 fires a day are started by candles. Candles and decorative lights should be used safely and candles should never be left unattended. Follow these safety tips whenever you use candles and decorative lights at home.

Read our top tips to keep your home safe

  • Make sure candles are secured in a fire resistant holder and away from like furniture and curtains.

  • Keep loose clothing and hair away from candles/tea lights when they are lit.

  • Always leave at least 10cm between burning candles/tea lights and never place them under shelves or other enclosed spaces.

  • Put candles out when you leave the room and make sure they’re put out completely before you go to bed.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended.

  • Never burn a candle right down into the holder.

  • Use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles. It’s safer than blowing them out when sparks can fly.

  • Never use candles in or near a tent.

  • You increase the risk of fire or injury if you move a candle while it is lit.

  • Always put candles/tea lights out and leave to cool down before you try to move them.

  • Keep candles, matches and lighters away from children and pets.

  • Consider using flameless candles.

The above safety advice can also apply to joss sticks, oil and incense burners.

Tea lights

Tea lights present a high risk. They have a foil outer container; however this is not a suitable holder. This foil container can get extremely hot and melt surfaces on which it is placed such as the side of a bath. Ensure tea lights are placed in proper holders.

Decorative lights and decorations during celebrations

  • Fairy lights and Christmas tree lights often only get dusted off and use for special occasions. You’ll need to make sure they are in good working order before using them.

  • Check that the fuse in the plug is the right size

  • Replace any blown bulbs

  • Don’t leave lights on when you got to bed or leave the house

  • Don’t let the bulbs touch anything that can burn easily such as paper, fabrics or other Christmas tree decorations.

You can also download our handy leaflet (PDF) to keep at home.

All our safety information can be made available in other languages. Please contact 0800 050 2999 to request a copy


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