As we get into the winter months, the use of candles in our homes increases, as do the fire safety risks. We often use candles to decorate or as a religious symbol over the festive season but the time between Christmas and New Year accounts for nearly half of all candle-related fire claims during December. It’s important you know how to use candles safely, so you can carry on enjoying them this winter.
With candle fires resulting in around 350 casualties each year, knowing whether you have the correct fire alarm protection for your home and ensuring you know what to do if a fire should start, is crucial for your safety.
There are things you can do to help minimise the fire safety risks associated with using candles.
There are safer alternatives to candles that you can use, they have the same effect but with a reduced risk of fire.
One of the most important safety measures is to fit, working heat and smoke alarms on each floor of your home.
Smoke alarms detect slow, smouldering fires and can be installed in multiple rooms, while heat alarms detect heat from large flaming fires and are normally installed in the kitchen and garage. With Aico’s 3000 Series of single and multi-sensor heat, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, you can have a connected alarm system that uses fast-acting sensors, for full-circle protection.
Candle fires are most likely to start during the night so it’s important to have a fire escape plan, so you know how to evacuate your home in the event of a fire.
In the scenario of a candle fire starting within your home, you should:
For more advice on where to put smoke alarms in your home and how to test them please visit our home fire safety advice article.
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