​​​​​​Candles in the home are a popular way to aid relaxation in the home, which has lead to an increase in the number of candle related incidents, and the need for residents to practice candle safety


  • Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room, and always before you go to bed.


  • Use firm, heat resistant holders and place them on flat, stable surfaces – that includes tea lights which can get very hot and burn through plastic surfaces, such as TVs or baths


  • Keep them away from materials that may catch fire such as curtains, furniture, clothes


  • To avoid accidents keep candles and other naked flames out of reach of children and pets – or, where possible, consider buying LED, battery-operated candles instead.


Did you know?


Though they create a gorgeous warm glow, candles need handling with care. In 2020, over 200 fires in London have been connected to candle use.


Want to know more?


Candles mark special occasions and create a pleasant atmosphere. However, they also bring the risk of fire into your home. Read guidance from the London Fire Brigade to learn about the do's and don'ts of candle safety in the home.


Candles - Fire safety at home | London Fire Brigade (