The recent rise in the use of candles and ceramic burners has also increased the number of resulting fires.

Candlelight and aromatherapy fragrances are relaxing enhancements to our lives. Follow the simple common-sense guide to keep safe when using these and associated items.


Make sure you have working smoke alarms

Only use good quality candles. They burn efficiently and cleaner with less smoke. They will have a better wick

Use proper Night-lights, not Tea-lights in ceramic burners. Put candles into suitable holders. Large candles will topple from holders that are too small.

Place the candle into the holder or ceramic burner then onto non-flammable surfaces not on windowsills, television sets or plastic baths. The heat is easily transmitted especially through ceramic burners.

Keep candles and burners away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains, bedding and clothing.

Use ceramic burners that are well ventilated. They will certainly get very hot and might cause the flame to get larger in the burner chamber (flaring).

Never place them in the reach of children or where they could be knocked over by pets.

Position the candle or burner before lighting. Similarly apply fragrance products before lighting.

Children should never be left alone with lit candles.
Put candles out when you leave the room

Put candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re put out completely at night.

Never leave candles and burners unattended, candles will burn down and fragrance burners will dry out.

Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.

Never lean over lighted candles and burners it could ignite your clothing

Never move candles one they are litTrim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.   

Never move candles or burners once they are lit, unless they are contained in proper lantern type holders and even then only with care.

Use a snuffer or spoon to put a candle outFollow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and proper use.

Do not burn several candles close together as this can cause flaring (mainly with tea-lights).

Use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles. It’s safer than blowing them out when sparks can fly.


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