Candles, when used safely, create ambiance, but can also create a fire risk.
If you must use candles, keep burning candles one metre away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpet and other flammable materials.
Always use a proper candleholder that is heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to hold dripping wax, especially on wooden furniture or cloth-covered surfaces.
Flashlights and battery powered lights are a safer light source than candles during a power failure.
Face the facts
Candles used for any reason including decoration, aromatherapy or lighting can pose a fire risk.
- Make sure candles are extinguished when leaving the room or going to sleep;
- Never let children have lit candles in their room;
- Do not have candles where they can be knocked over by children or pets,
- Never spray an aerosol can near a candle;
- Keep matches and lighters high up and out of the way of children;
- Try to avoid walking with a candle ; and
- Do not put candles on windowsills.
Candles fact sheet [.PDF 306KB]