Keep your home candle safe this winter

With winter fast approaching, everyone enjoys the warm glow of a candle especially when it adds atmosphere to our Halloween, Bonfire Night or celebrations.

 But candle fires are not uncommon and can be a major cause of damage or injury, so it is important to consider taking some simple steps to keep your home and loved ones safe this winter.

We spoke to Lynda Gray, Fire Safety Officer at Guernsey Fire & Rescue who explained 'the most important step you can take is to ensure your home has a smoke alarm.'

Installing a smoke alarm and keeping it regularly tested and working will give you that important extra time when you need to get out and call 999

Prevention is always better than cure and if you don’t already have a smoke alarm, speak to your local Fire & Rescue department who can provide one. They are also there to provide plenty of advice and information on fire safety all around your home.

Any naked flame has the potential to become a danger so we would recommend treating candles with respect and following a few simple tips which could prevent injury or a fire

Candle safely tips:

  • Never leave lit candles unattended

  • Don’t move candles once they are lit

  • Keep burning candles away from draughts, open windows and fans

  • Double check that candles are completely out and not smouldering

  • Never use a candle as a night light

  • Always put scented candles in a heat resistant holder as these candles turn to liquid when heated to maximise fragrance.

  • Keep candles out of the reach of pets and children

  • Place your candles carefully and on a stable surface

  • Make sure your candles are placed away from flammable objects like curtains, soft furnishings and books

  • Consider using battery-operated candles that give the ambience, but without the risk.