Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Unattended candle causes bedroom fire

Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff
19/09/2020 @ 14:59
Incident Number: 131258
In attendance: 1 x Leigh, 1 x Southend

Firefighters were called to a house fire in Westcliff this afternoon after the resident heard smoke alarms going off.

On arrival, crews reported that there was a fire in the upstairs bedroom and extinguished it by 3:42pm.

The fire was caused by an unattended candle and left the bedroom smoke damaged.

Here are a few simple precautions which you should take when using candles or tea light in the home:

  • Make sure candles are secured in a proper holder and are away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains
  • 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

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