Valentine's Day is one of the most popular times to use candles in the home.
It's safer to use battery operated candles but if you're using wax candles to make Valentine’s Day extra special, follow our safety advice:
- Keep clothes and hair away from the naked flame.
- Always use a suitable holder when burning candles.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- Consider an extra smoke alarm in the rooms where you use candles.
- Extinguish candles before moving them and don't let anything fall into the hot wax.
- Extinguish candles before you leave a room and never go to sleep with a candle still burning.
- Use a snuffer or a spoon to put them out. Blowing them can send sparks and hot wax flying.
- Don't put them under shelves - make sure there's at least one metre (three feet) between a candle and any surface above it.
- Put them on a heat-resistant surface and be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic.
- Scented candles turn to liquid in order to release their fragrance, so always burn them in a suitable glass or metal container that can withstand the heat of the liquid.
13th February, 2020