Candles and tea lights can be a lovely way to give a warm glow to a room or fill it with an aroma, but they can also lead to fires. We attend over 20 fires every year caused by candles.

We always recommend using battery-powered candles over candles with real flames. But if you do decide to use them, please follow our safety advice to keep yourself and others safe.

A battery operated candle lit up.

10 top tips for candle safety 

  1. Make sure that candles are used in a fire-resistant candle holder.
  2. Keep candles away from furniture and curtains. Don’t put them under shelves or in enclosed spaces.
  3. Leave at least 10cm between burning candles and tea lights.
  4. Always put out candles before leaving the room and before you go to bed. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  5. Use a snuffer or spoon to put out candles. Blowing them out can send sparks and hot wax flying.
  6. Never use candles in, or near a tent.
  7. Don’t move a candle while it’s lit.
  8. Keep candles, matches and lighters away from children and pets.
  9. Be mindful of these safety measures when also using joss sticks and oil and incense burners.
  10. Make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home.

What to do if there’s a fire

  1. Get out of the building, closing any doors behind you.
  2. Stay out of the building. 
  3. Call 999 and ask for the fire service.