Fire & Rescue NSW


Be safe with candles


FRNSW had attended 154 candle-related residential fires in the 22 months to April 2011.

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) officers are reminding residents to use candles safely following a spate of fires started by unattended candles.

A fire can take hold in 3 minutes. But it only takes 5 seconds to put out a candle before leaving the room.

The use of candles has always been popular so it’s important to take the necessary fire safety precautions every time you use them.

  • Never leaving candles unattended or in places where they can fall or set alight flammable items such as curtains or upholstery.
  • Make sure candles are on a secure base and never place them near an open window or near opened flammable liquid containers.
  • Extinguish them if you leave the room and always before going to bed.
  • Ensure matches or lighters are stored in a secure place out of reach and sight of children.
  • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm fitted. If you don’t have smoke alarms, don’t gamble with your family’s life and install them now
  • If you have any queries about smoke alarms or their installation, please contact your local fire station
  • Prepare and rehearse a home fire escape plan so you know the quickest routes out of your home if your smoke alarm activates.

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