Candle fire safety at home is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift

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Friday, February 13th, 2015
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Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service are urging all homeowners not to spoil the romantic Valentine’s Day weekend by neglecting naked flames at home this year. There has been a slight decrease in the number of fires started at residential premises in Northern Ireland, for which candles were responsible. In 2014, 32 incidents were recorded where candles were responsible for the fire while 33 incidents were recorded in 2013. Fortunately, no one lost their life due to fires attributed to candles or matches but substantial damage to property and personal belongings are a result on this type of incident. With Valentine’s Day taking place on Saturday, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dale Ashford hopes the weekend not be remembered for the wrong reasons. “There are simple rules that can be used at home over the Valentine’s weekend to keep you and your loved ones safe. “Never leave lit candles unattended – it is important to put burning candles out when you leave a room and make sure they’re completely out at night before you go to bed. “Make sure that candles are on a stable surface away from flammable objects such as curtains, furniture, bedding, books and magazines. Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause the flame to flare. “When using tea lights and scented candles, always make sure they are placed in a heat resistant holder as the metal base can reach very high temperatures. Make sure that your smoke alarm is working and test it regularly. It is also important to be aware of your escape route at home if a fire was to occur,” he added. If anyone requires advice of home fire safety, please arrange a free Home Fire Safety Check by calling 028 9260 0477, Text phone/Minicom 028 9262 8800 or go to our Website www.nifrs.org for further information.

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