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Though they create a gorgeous warm glow, candles need handling with care. In 2017, 234 fires in London were connected to candle use. So how can you use them safely? Let's take a closer look...
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 decorations are kept away from naked flames, and if you are 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. There's a short video below that explains the risks.
If there's an accident with a candle and your clothes catch fire, don’t run. Try and remember ‘stop, drop, roll' – which means:
If you are finding bills hard to pay, please don't use candles as an alternative heat source – and never ever use BBQs indoors or on balconies to cook or keep warm. There is help available if energy costs are getting beyond your budget – Citizens Advice provides lots of info about grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills or you can contact your energy company for advice.