Candle Safety

 

The Do's and Dont's
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Always put candles on a heat resistant surface. Be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic. TVs are not fire resistant objects. 
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Put them in a proper holder. Candles need to be held firmly upright by the holder so they won't fall over. The holder needs to be stable too, so it won't fall over either. 
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Position them away from curtains. Don't put candles near curtains or other fabrics - or furniture. And keep them out of draughts.
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Don't put them under shelves. It's easy to forget that there's a lot of heat above a burning candle. If you put it under a shelf or other surface then it can burn the surface. Make sure there's at least three feet (one metre) between a candle and any surface above it.
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Keep clothes and hair away. If there's any chance you could lean across a candle and forget it's there, put it somewhere else. You don't want to set fire to your clothes or your hair.
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Keep children and pets away. Candles should be out of reach of children and pets.
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Keep candles apart. Leave at least four inches (10cm) between two burning candles.
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Take care with votive or scented candles. These kinds of candles turn to liquid to release their fragrance, so put them in a glass or metal holder.
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Don't move them when they're burning. Extinguish candles before moving them. Also, don't let anything fall into the hot wax like match sticks.
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Don't leave them burning. Extinguish candles before you leave a room. Never go to sleep with a candle still burning. And never leave a burning candle or oil burner in a child's bedroom.
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Use a snuffer or a spoon to put them out. It's safer than blowing them, which can send sparks and hot wax flying.
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Double-check they're out. Candles that have been put out can go on smouldering and start a fire. Make sure they're completely out.

Last but definitely not least ... Make sure your smoke alarm is working, Check the batteries regularly!

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