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Candle Safety Warning

Candle Safety Warning as Homes Left Without Power Following Storm Eunice

Date : 18 February 2022


As Storm Eunice moves across the UK with an amber Met Office Warning remaining until 2100 tonight, many homes will be still be without power.


Currently, there are 18,000 homes without power across East Sussex Brighton & Hove, with UK Power Networks working to restore power for residents.


A number of trees, cables and power lines remain down across roads and walkways, please stay away.


Our Control Room took in excess of 550 calls in total across East, West and Surrey.


Take care in the home, if in darkness, preferably using torches but if you need to use candles please follow safety advice. 

Candles may seem a harmless aesthetic addition to your home but if left unattended, they can cause a serious house fire, resulting in personal injury, property damage, or even worse.

Some people are unaware that if you do not place a candle in a heat-resistant holder and on a stable surface that the heat can quickly burn through plastic, or other material, creating a fire which could quickly become out of control.

If a naked flame is placed too close to curtains or home furnishings, then a fire can quickly take hold and rapidly spread throughout a home.

It is so important to remember to extinguish candles when nobody is in the room, or when going to bed to ensure they have been fully extinguished. Also, it is imperative to fit a working smoke alarm to give you the best chance of escaping should there be a fire in the home.” 


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