Whether you're using your candles to scent and decorate or as a religious symbol, these popular home accessories can be dangerous, so reduce your risk of causing a fire by following our tips:

  • Never leave candles unattended or go to sleep while they are lit
  • Leave plenty of space above and around the candle and its holder
  • Place candles in a draught-free area away from curtains, furniture and other flammable surfaces
  • Choose a suitable site for your candles that is flat and stable
  • Always use a proper candle-holder and fit the candle in firmly
  • Always use a heat-resistant surface to place the candle holder on - e.g. a ceramic plate, especially for night-light candles
  • Never place candles directly on televisions or other polished surfaces
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets
  • Never attempt to move a candle once it is lit
  • Always use a candle-snuffer, or an unturned metal spoon to extinguish the candle and allow cooling before moving it