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Candle safety sign language video

A new video uses British sign language and subtitles to give deaf communities all the advice they need to stay safe with candles.

The video, which was released today, is the latest in a series of short clips the Service has created to engage with deaf people throughout Essex. It features Grace Gilmore, a fire cadet who is profoundly deaf, signing out safety advice about candles.

It builds on a the work the Service has been doing to engage with deaf people throughout Essex which includes a series of British Sign Language fire safety videos, deaf community open days at stations and the Essex Fire Museum and partnership work with deaf organisations in Essex and beyond.

Community Safety Officer Paul Pemberton, who recently won a national award for all he has done to reach out to deaf communities, said: “It’s important that everyone takes extra care if they’re lighting candles.

“This video includes some simple advice which will help everyone stay safe if they use candles at home."

These tips will help everyone enjoy candles safely:

- 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 (mainly with tea-lights).
- Use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles. It’s safer than blowing them out when sparks can fly.

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