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Candles, Incense and Oil Burners

Candles incense and oil burners

Every day two accidental dwelling fires are started by candles. It is important to remember that a candle is not just a decorative feature. Left unattended, an open flame scenting your home could leave a trail of devastation.

What NOT To Do

Candles grouped
  • Do not group candles close together to burn as this may cause the wax of one candle to soften due to the heat of another
  • Always leave 10 centimetres between them
  • Do not burn candles, incense or oil burners near curtains or drapes that could be blown into the flame
  • Do not move lit candles, incense or oil burners
  • Do not leave lit candles, incense or oil burners unattended. Always extinguish them when leaving the room
  • Do not light candles, incense or oil burners when tiredness, alcohol or medication could increase the risk of you falling asleep

What TO Do

Candles incense and oil burners in holders for safety
  • Always place candles, incense or oil burners in heat-resistant holders
  • Be aware that tea lights get very hot and without proper holders can melt through plastic surfaces like the edge of a bath
  • Position candles, incense or oil burners away from flammable objects such as curtains, drapes or bedding
  • Position candles, incense or oil burners on a stable, heat resistant surface out of the reach of pets and children. This reduces the risk of them being knocked over
  • Trim candle wicks to half a centimetre. Longer wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring
  • Keep the wax pool of candles clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris
  • Burn candles, incense or oil burners in a well-ventilated room, out of draughts. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning
  • Extinguish lit candles, incense or oil burners when you leave the room
  • Consider switching to using flameless candles such as LED, battery operated or electric candles which have a number of advantages such as being able to leave them unattended. You also do not have to worry about pets or children knocking them over
  • Ensure you have working smoke alarms on each level of your home and test them every month
  • Consider requesting a Home Fire Safety Visit to review fire precautions within your home and receive additional advice and guidance

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