Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are asking people to take care lighting candles this coming Candle Fire Safety Week and snuff out the risk of fire in their homes.With the days growing shorter and the dark winter nights setting in, a few candles scattered round the room can lend a warm glow to any evening. But with candle fires resulting in over 350 casualties each year in England, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are asking people to take extra care with candles this winter - over 40% of all fires started by candles result in a death or injury. 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. To prevent candle fires from starting in your home, you should make sure your candles are kept away from flammable materials like curtains and ensure candles are put out when you leave the room, even for a moment.
Phil Martin, Area Manager for Community Safety said: “Candles are a typical sight in many homes, scenting our rooms and giving an atmospheric glow to cold winter nights. But it’s important to remember that a candle is not just a decorative feature. Left unattended, an open flame scenting your home could leave a trail of devastation.
“Place your lit candles with extra care, away from curtains, pets and children and always remember to put them out when you leave the room, even for a moment.
“Even with these precautions it’s vital to be prepared should the worst happen. 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 practicing your escape routes.”
To help you enjoy your candles safely, the Fire Kills campaign has offered some tips for this Candle Fire Safety Week:
Stay alive and stay safe with a smoke alarm
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service remind you that a working smoke alarm will greatly increase your chances of escaping from a fire unharmed. Without one you and your family are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home.
Check that a smoke alarm is fitted on each level of your property:
Plan an escape route – make sure you and your family know the quickest way out in the event of fire.
If a fire does break out in the home, then Get out, Stay out and Call 999.
For more information visit the Fire Kills campaign’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/firekills
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