Candle Safety

Remember: A candle is an open flame. It can easily ignite any flammable items nearby.

 

The South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) offers the following tips for the safe use of candles:

  • Candles should only ever be used by adults.
  • Make sure candles are placed in sturdy holders that will not tip over and place on a secure piece of heat-resistant furniture. Candle holders must be made of material that can not burn.
  • Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or going to sleep.
  • Keep the immediate area around a candle clear of all items. They should be kept well away from items that can catch fire, such as clothing, books, paper, curtains, Christmas trees and flammable decorations etc.
  • Do not place lit candles in windows, where blinds or curtains can close over them.
  • Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids.
  • Do not use candles in places where they can be knocked over by children or pets.
  • Battery operated candles are a good and safe alternative to traditional candles

Where young children are present:

  • Keep candles up high, out of reach of children.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a room with a lit candle. A child should not sleep in a room with a lit candle.
  • Keep all matches and lighters up high, out of the sight and reach of children, and preferably in a locked cabinet.

During power outages:

  • Torches/flashlights and other lights generated by batteries are much safer light sources than candles.
  • Wind up torches are available.
  • Try to avoid carrying a lit candle.
  • Don’t use a candle to go into confined spaces like a walk-in robe.
  • Never use a candle for light when fuelling equipment, such as a kerosene heater or lantern as the flame may ignite the fumes.

Incense sticks:

  • Use incense stick trays to ensure that falling ash does not come into contact with flammable items.
  • Keep burning incense sticks away from curtains and blinds.
  • Do not leave incense sticks burning when you are asleep or out of the house.
  • Keep burning incense sticks away from children and pets.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.

 


For further advice ring the Community Safety Department 8204 3611

Country callers 1300 737 637

e-mail communitysafety@samfs.sa.gov.au

or call in to 99 Wakefield Street, Adelaide during business hours.