Firefighters in West Sussex are urging people to beware of the risks associated with candles in the home this Candle Fire Safety Week (November 17-23). Candle fires result in around 350 casualties each year, and with nearly 40 per cent of fires started by candles resulting in death or injury, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to take extra care with candles this winter.
Jackie Boyle, community fire safety officer for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Candles are a typical sight in many homes, scenting our rooms and giving an atmospheric glow to cold winter nights.
“But it’s important to remember that a candle is not just a decorative feature. Left unattended, an open flame could leave a trail of devastation.
“It’s so important to think about where you are placing your lit candles; they should always be away from curtains and out of the reach of pets and children.
“Most importantly, remember to extinguish your candles if you leave the room, even if it’s only for a moment - it only takes a moment for a fire to start.
“Even with these precautions it’s important to be prepared should the worst happen.
“A working smoke alarm can give you the vital time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by testing your alarm regularly and practising your escape routes.”