Candle fire safety week 2017

16 – 22 October 2017 is national candle fire safety week.

With dark winter nights approaching, it becomes peak season for candles – giving our homes that warm evening glow.

But candles can be dangerous. In fact, they are the cause of 350 casualties each year.

Almost 40% of all fires ignited by a candle result in injury or death.


Candle safety top ten tips:

  1. Check you have a working smoke alarm in your home
  2. Never leave lit candles unattended
  3. Put burning candles out when you leave the room and at night
  4. Position your candles carefully on a safe, stable surface away from flammable objects
  5. Keep candles out of the reach of pets and children
  6. Don’t move candles once they are burning
  7. Do not burn candles close together
  8. Only burn candles in a well-ventilated room, out of drafts, vents or air currents
  9. Always put scented candles in a heat resistant holder
  10. Ensure everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire


The most important step you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe is to ensure your home has a working smoke alarm.

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 by practising your escape routes.


Be burn aware… 

Wednesday 18th October is national burn awareness day

Prevention and good first aid are key to reducing the number of burns and scalds occurring in the UK every single day.

A burn injury is for life. The scars are physical as well as psychological, and can present life-long challenges for the individual and their families.

What many people don’t know is that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable, and the majority of injuries occur as a result of an accident that could so easily have been prevented.


The latest figures, released by the two leading organisations in burn prevention and support, show that in 2016 more than 600 children a month required admission to an NHS Burns Service following a burn or scald injury.

Shockingly, this figure only relates to the more serious injuries and does not include the thousands who were seen for more minor burns in A&E departments up and down the country.

If people take away one key message from National Burn Awareness Day 2017, it is that prevention and good first aid are the vital ingredients in reducing the number of burn-related accidents across the UK.