Londoners are ignoring candle advice
07 May 2019
LONDONERS ARE ignoring simple life-saving advice on how to avoid candle fires at home, firefighters are warning.
New figures from London Fire Brigade show that in the last five years, the number of fires caused by candles has barely changed.
There are around 270 candle fires every year despite consistent campaigns and messaging around how to stay safe at home.
Cooking fires over the same period have reduced by more than 20% .
Assistant commissioner for fire safety, Dan Daly, said, “Fires are absolutely devastating and it’s tragic there have been 40 deaths from fires started by candles over the last 10 years which are often easily avoidable.
“It’s clear people are ignoring our safety advice and they think these fires won’t happen to them, but they can and they do.
“We would urge everyone to take a few minutes to think about how to keep safe at home. It’s simple advice which everyone can follow and which could save lives."