Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning couples not to let the flames of passion get carried away this Valentine’s Day and blow out any candles before letting the romance get the better of you.
Stats show that candle fires were to blame for over 350 casualties each year across the UK, with over 40% of all fires started by candles resulting in a death or injury.
Andy Martin, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Community Safety Manager, said: “Candles are a typical sight in many homes on Valentine’s Day, creating a warming romantic glow to enhance the romance of the occasion.
“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.”
It may not seem like a subject that will get you in the mood for love, but the Fire Kills campaign has offered some tips for this Valentine’s Day:
- Never leave lit candles unattended and put the out with a snuffer or a spoon them when you leave the room, making sure they’re out completely at night
- Place candles on a stable surface, out of the reach of pets and children, and away from flammable objects like curtains, furniture, bedding and books.
- Don’t move candles once they are lit
- Do not burn several candles close together
- Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, out of drafts, vents or air currents
- Put candles out with a snuffer or a spoon – sparks can fly if you blow them out.
- Always put scented candles in a heat resistant holder, as they’re designed to liquify
- Fit a smoke alarm and test it regularly so you have time to get out and call 999
- Make sure everyone knows what to do if a fire should occur and practice your escape route.
For more information on fire safety, please visit the BLFS website.