Government figures show that three fires a day are started by candles.
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The consequences can be tragic, so firefighters are asking people to remember the following safety tips:
- Never leave candles unattended, and put them out completely at night or if you are going to have a nap.
- Keep them away from draughts and anything that can easily catch fire, such as furniture or curtains.
- Always place candles in a sensible holder or container on a heat-resistant surface. Nightlights and tea-lights can melt plastic surfaces like TV tops and bathtubs.
- Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
- Don't lean across candles - you could set fire to your clothes or hair.
- Mind the gap - don't put candles under shelves or other surfaces.
- Always put out candles before you move them.
- Always leave at least four inches (10cm) between two burning candles.
- A clear area of at least 30cm around and 100cm above a candle should be maintained at all times
- Use a glass or metal holder for scented candles, which turn into liquid to release their fragrance.
- Don't let candles fall over. Keep them firmly upright in a proper holder.
- Don't let anything (for example matchsticks) fall into the hot wax.
- Always extinguish candles before going to bed.
- Use a snuffer or a spoon to put candles out. It's safer than blowing them out, which can send sparks and hot wax flying.