Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is sharing safety advice to minimise the risk of candle fires.

This is part of a campaign called Fire Kill’s Candle Fire Safety Week.

The service have said they are aware that more people are using candles as we move into the winter months, however they urge people to take extra care.

Will Richardson, Group Manager responsible for Community Safety said: "Candles are a typical sight in many homes, scenting our rooms and giving an atmospheric glow to cold winter nights.

"But it’s important to remember that a candle is not just a decorative feature.

"Left unattended, an open flame scenting your home could leave a trail of devastation.

"Place your lit candles with extra care, away from curtains, pets and children and always remember to put them out when you leave the room, even for a moment.

"Even with these precautions it’s vital to be prepared should the worst happen.

"Working smoke alarms can give you the vital time you need to get out, stay out and call 999.

"Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by testing your alarm regularly and by practicing your escape routes."

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