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If you are planning a romantic evening this Valentine’s Day, please don’t leave candles unattended.

Rose on fire

We don't want to snuff out any passion this evening, but a fire can start quickly if candles are left unattended on a coffee table or mantlepiece. Please try and use LEDs where possible, but keep the real thing away from curtains, flowers or soft furnishings and place them on a level hard surface.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service Head of Prevention Sarah Wilkinson explains:

“If an unattended candle catches fire it can develop very quickly and have a devastating effect. Using a proper candle holder is imperative. If tea lights are not placed in suitable holders they can overheat and catch fire in seconds."

To help you enjoy your candles safely, follow these top tips:

  • Never leave candles unattended always put them out when you leave the room
  • Ensure they are completely extinguished before you go to bed
  • Always place candles on a stable surface and in a heat resistant holder
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting and excessive dripping
  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring
  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and proper use
  • Don’t move candles once they are lit - they can be very hot and be dropped easily
  • Place candles out of the reach of children and pets
  • Place candles away from flammable objects (like curtains)
  • Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring (mainly with tea-lights).
  • Don’t place candles directly on to furniture or around the bath, always place them in a suitable holder
  • Use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles. It’s safer than blowing them out when sparks can fly.
  • Residents are reminded to fit smoke alarms on each level of their home and test them regularly. Should a fire break out, a working smoke alarm can give valuable time to escape

Take extra care this Valentines Day - make it a memorable evening for all the right reasons!