Many of us scatter candles around the house to create a homely atmosphere. Although candles can help you feel calm and relaxed, they can also be incredibly dangerous. When you head home from a busy day at work, the last thing you want to worry about is a house fire. Here are some common candle accidents to try and avoid, and some tips to help you steer clear of accidents like slips, trips and falls at home.
5 common candle accidents
Common candle accidents include:
- Fires: Easily the most common candle accidents. If you leave candles burning, there is a risk that fire can break out. Never leave candles unattended and always ensure that they are placed on even surfaces.
- Burns: Handling candles and matches carries a high risk of burns. Try to use long matches and blow the match out in plenty of time. Once your candles are lit, don’t touch them. Blow them out if you’re leaving the room or going out.
- Accidents involving children: Those with young children or pets, should always make sure that candles are out of their reach. If children grab or reach out for candles, they can suffer serious burns. Dropping a candle can also result in a fire.
- Falling candles: If you have candles lit at home, always make sure they are steady and stable. If a candle falls from a shelf or unit, this could result in a house fire. Make sure the candle is in a holder on a flat surface.
- Electrical accidents: Always keep candles well clear of wiring and electrical appliances.
Compensation for common candle accidents
If you’ve suffered burns as a result of using candles, place the affected body part under cold running water. Remove jewellery and clothing from the area, but don’t attempt to pull off clothing from the wound. If you have severe burns, you need to see a doctor.
Visit your local minor injuries or Accident and Emergency department for advice.
In most cases, compensation is awarded to those who have suffered slips and trips or work accidents. However, it may be possible to file a claim for an accident caused by candles if you’ve been injured in a public place and you were not at fault for your injuries.
Call Accident Advice Helpline for advice if you’ve suffered a public place accident in the last three years. We can help you to claim no-win, no-fee compensation without any stress or hassle.
Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.