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Candle safety

Did you know that you should only use candles when they are in a proper and secure holder?

This is because otherwise they can easily fall over and set fire to other things in your home.

Don’t let candles spoil the mood

The atmosphere that candles can create in your home can be very appealing, but as nice as this is, you don’t want our crews to dampen the mood, do you?

If you have candles or tea lights burning and you need to leave the room or are going to bed, you should always extinguish them, and never leave them unattended. It can never hurt to double-check that a candle is fully out before you go to bed.

Snuff out the chance of fire

The best way to extinguish a candle is using a snuffer. You might not know that doing so by simply blowing them out can be dangerous as it could send sparks or hot wax flying and cause a fire.

It’s also important that you remember not to touch a candle while it's burning or attempt to move one, especially when the wax is in a liquid form.

Naked flames and worship

We know that across Nottinghamshire there is a diverse range of communities, some of which use divas or other items with naked flames during times of worship.

We as a Service would never discourage anyone from doing so, but would instead like to show you how to do so safely. If you are using a diva to worship, always remember to only use as much oil or ghee as you need to last your prayers.

Long hair and loose clothing is also something to be mindful of, and it is a good idea to tie long hair back so that this cannot fall into the flames.

Top candle safety tips

  • Never have a naked flame within the reach of children or pets
  • Keep all candles and other naked flames at a safe distance from curtains, furniture, long hair, and clothing, including saris, etc
  • Always use a snuffer to extinguish.
  • Make sure they are placed in a holder on a non-flammable surface
  • Extinguish candles when you leave the room and go to bed