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There was a 26% increase in candle fires last year

Candles bring fire into your home – they need to be treated carefully.


Secure candles in a proper holder.


Keep them well away from any materials that may catch fire like curtains, cards, papers etc.


Take extra care when you are wearing loose clothing around candles.


Don’t put candles on the side of the bath or on the television.

One such person who knows about the dangers of candles is Curtis Halsall from Blackburn. In December 2014, he was at a family party in Accrington when his shirt ignited after his shirt brushed against a candle. You can find out more about his story below: