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Firefighters issue candle safety warning

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Firefighters are warning households across the south of Scotland to take safety steps and prevent candle fires.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service say darker days and winter weather lead to an increase in candle use - especially over the festive season.

"A candle is not just a decorative feature. Left unattended, what is after all an open flame in your home could leave a trail of devastation.

"An average of 144 candle related incidents happen each year with around 53 people being injured.

"Whether you are using candles to scent or decorate your home please remember to extinguish them before you go to sleep and never leave them unattended.

"Taking these simple precautions will reduce the likelihood of a fire starting however, should the worst happen, having working smoke alarms and a plan of what you and your family should do in the event of a fire will undoubtedly save lives."

– Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman

To help keep people safe firefighters have issued the following tips:

  • Put candles in a proper candlestick holder – the heavier it is at the bottom the better because it won’t tip over
  • Make sure the candle fits the holder tightly so it doesn’t fall or get knocked over by accident
  • Put candlestick holders on a flat, stable, heat-resistant surface
  • Keep candles out of winds and draughts
  • Keep candles clear of clothes, curtains, cushions, papers and other things that burn easily
  • Always put them out properly before leaving the room – use a metal snuffer or wet your fingers and pinch the wick where the flame starts
  • Keep candles, matches and cigarette lighters out of reach of children and NEVER place lit candles where they can be knocked over by children or household pets.