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Candle safety warning

23rd March 2010

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) was called to a house fire today in Bedale in which an elderly lady suffered smoke inhalation and her home was badly damaged by toxic smoke.

Crews from Bedale and Northallerton were called to the address on Queen Anne’s Drive, at 10.24 a.m. today, 23rd March. Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus found a television set on fire in the living room.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been carried out and it is believed the fire started when a candle was placed on top of the television and subsequently the heat from the candle ignited the TV.

A smoke alarm was fitted in the home but it did not operate as the battery had been removed. This in itself is a serious cause for concern.

Station Manager Rob Horton, of NYFRS comments;

“The fire service continues to work to make sure people are safe in their homes. We will carry out free Home Fire Risk Checks, fit free smoke alarms and give any other fire safety advice if needed. I’m very concerned that in this case an elderly lady has suffered injury and indeed the outcome could have been much worse. There are a few basic rules that people should follow for the safe use of candles.

  • Fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly..
  • Keep candles away from draughts and inflammable materials.
  • Keep candles upright.
  • Always place candles on a heat resistant surface.
  • Turn off all appliances and extinguish candles before you go out or to bed.

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