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Bathroom fire caused by candle

Trafalgar Road, Shoeburyness
22/12/2018 @ 03:29
Incident Number: 92240
In attendance: 1 x Shoeburyness, 1 x Southend


A house has been left smoke damaged after a candle caused a fire in the bathroom. 

Firefighters were called to the house in Trafalgar Road, Shoeburyness, and reported that the house was heavily smoke logged. 

Firefighters extinguished the fire and cleared the house of smoke 4.45am.

The crews also reported that the house had no working smoke alarms, so fitted one on each level before leaving. 

The house has suffered from smoke damage. 

Keep you family safe by following our candle fire safety advice:

  • Make sure candles are secured in a proper holder and are away from materials that may catch fire
  • Children should not be left alone with lit candles
  • Put candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re put out completely at night
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping
  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring
  • Don’t move candles once they are lit
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on burn time and proper use
  • Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring
  • Use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles. It’s safer than blowing them out when sparks can fly

Shoeburyness Fire Station's crew is made up of on-call firefighters; people who live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to attend an incident when called by the fire service. We are recruiting on-call firefighters all over Essex. Interested? Visit join.essex-fire.gov.uk for more information.

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