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It’s a fact that candles, tealights, oil burners and the like are becoming a more popular feature of homes. Candle and oil burner usage has increased over the last 20 years, and candle manufacturing is now an industry. Decorative and fragranced candles may be an attractive addition to your home décor, but if used improperly, they can be a serious fire hazard.

It is important to take precautions when using candles or oil burners. Here are some tips to help you protect your home and family from candle fires and damage:

  • Never leave an oil burner or candle alight when you leave home.
  • Use in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Use in a safe area without the threat of them being knocked over.
  • Keep candles and oil burners away from small children, they should only be used in the presence of adults.
  • Do not leave candles or oil burners near windows. The flame could possibly come in contact with the curtains and set them alight.
  • Do not restrict the airflow to oil burners.
  • Do not use spirits or petroleum products as a medium of heat generation in oil burners.
  • Use candles only on non-combustible surfaces eg. Terracotta. This is due to the possibility of hot wax falling onto combustible surfaces such as tablecloths etc.
  • Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids.