The Figures

The Home Office state that there are more than 1,000 candle fires each year in the UK. Scarily, the number of Britons killed by candle fires has more than doubled in the last couple years.

Candles can be found in almost every home, we have outlined the dangers and precautions to consider the next time you light a candle. Please have a read – they may help to keep yourself safe while burning candles!

The Danger of Burning Candles

According to the Home Office, over three fires a day are started by candles. The fires are often started when the candle was left unattended or improperly supervised, a combustible material was left too close or a child played with the candle.

Most candle-related house fires occur between the months of October and February, this is likely due to winter and also the festive season.

While many of us are immersed in the festive season, we mustn’t overlook the dangers presented by burning candles around the decorations.

One safe alternative to using a burning candle is to use battery-operated versions.

Dos and Don’ts of Candle Use

Keep lit candles away from combustible materials, such as curtains and carpets.

Never leave candles unattended. Always make sure you blow the candles out before you leave the room.

Before lighting a candle, make sure the room is well ventilated

Only move candles when they are unlit. Blow them out before carrying them.

Check your smoke alarms regularly. These can give you time to exit in the event of a fire, get to safety and call 999.

Carry out a fire drill to ensure that everyone in your home knows what to do if a fire occurs.

Protect Your Home and Your Life

Scented candles are becoming a much more popular present. Industry research has outlined that candle sales have increased by nearly 20% in the last year alone!

While candles can bring warmth to your home, unfortunately, they can also create danger. If you do not prioritise fire safety, the candles could lead to huge costs, injury and even death.


Contact the insurance professionals at Bullerwell & Co Ltd today for more information on protecting your home or flat from fires.

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