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Though they create a gorgeous warm glow, candles need handling with care. In 2018, 220 fires in London were connected to candle use.
That's why we recommend you swap your wax candles for 'flameless' candles.
Sometimes called LED, battery-operated, or electric candles - flameless candles have a number of advantages:
But if you want to continue to use wax candles, take a look at how you can use them more safely...
Diwali, Bonfire Night, Halloween and Christmas can see us light candles, dress up, and display lots of decorations – increasing the risk of fire. Make sure all your decorations are kept away from naked flames
If you're celebrating with fancy dress, always check that costumes are fire retardant in accordance to European standard EN71-2. Unfortunately, costumes don't have to be made to the same safety standards as regular clothes, which means they are a greater fire risk.
If there's an accident with a candle and your clothes catch fire, don’t run. Try and remember ‘stop, drop, roll' – which means: