Valentine’s Day: get hot on safety

Are you cooking a romantic candlelit meal for two or planning on enjoying a hot cup of cocoa by the fire? Whatever your plans for tonight, we want to make sure the only fires this Valentine’s Day are the ones in your hearts.

Rustling up that perfect meal at home can be dangerous if the cook becomes distracted, and candles, while very romantic, could seriously spoil the mood if they set light to their surroundings.

By following some of our simple fire safety guidelines you can stay safe and enjoy your evening:


  • Always use a proper heat-resistant candleholder, and fit the candle in firmly.
  • Place candles in a draught-free area, away from curtains, furniture and other flammable surfaces.
  • Never place candles directly on televisions or other polished surfaces.
  • Never leave candles unattended, or go to sleep while they’re lit.
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never attempt to move a candle once it is lit.
  • Always use a candlesnuffer, or a metal spoon to put out the candle and allow it to cool before moving it.


  • Don’t leave pans unattended. Take them off the heat if you have to leave the room.
  • Don’t use matches or lighters to light gas cookers.
  • Turn saucepan handles so they don’t stick out from the hob or hang over another hot ring.
  • Take care late at night. It’s easy to be careless when you’re tired or if you’ve been drinking.

Smoke alarms

  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home to give you an early warning to a fire. Remember to check it once a week to ensure that it’s working

Visit our fire safety page for more tips on staying safe in your home.