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22-03-20

NFCC urges caution with candles

The National Fire Chiefs Council is urging the public to be careful and reconsider using naked flame candles as part of the National Day of Prayer and Action.

The day urges people to light a candle in their window at 7pm, 22nd March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course we understand and support the want and need for people to come together, but we ask that you follow the advice from fire services and take part in the safest way possible. 

Be-Careful-With-Candles In 2018/19 there were 816 candle fires in England which resulted in 9 fatalities and 310 casusalties. 

To reduce the risk of an incident we ask people avoid using a naked flame and opt for an LED battery operated candle, a torch or even your mobile phone.

If you must used a naked flame candle please follow this advice:
  • Do not leave a candle unattended- even for a short period of time
  • Make sure they are secured in a proper holder
  • Keep them well away from material which may catch fire, such as curtains and blinds
  • Children should not be left alone with candles
  • Make sure candles are properly and fully extinguished - the back of a spoon can be used to snuff them out

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