Use candles with care this Christmas

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As winter sets in and the holiday season approaches people are likely to be using candles to brighten up their homes more, increasing the risk of fires.

In 2013/14 there were 796 candle related fires in England, with nine deaths as a result of a candle causing a fire.

During Candle Fire Safety Week (23 – 29 November) Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service wants to raise awareness of the simple safety measures people can take to stay safe when using candles.

>Make sure that when in use, candles are secured in a proper holder and 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 ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.

>Don’t move candles once they are lit

>Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on burn time and proper use.

>Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring (mainly with tea-lights).

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