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Avoid the cinders when swiping on Tinder this Valentine’s Day

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13 Feb 2017
So you’ve swiped right on your perfect match and now you’re planning the perfect date night with flowers, chocolates and mood lighting.

Whatever you do, don’t let your new love go down in flames – candle fires can result in burns and cause significant damage to homes.

Last year MFB firefighters attended on average one candle-related fire a week across Melbourne.

MFB Community Resilience Director Rob Purcell said people need use their heads and not their hearts when it came to candle safety.

“It’s concerning for our firefighters as these are all fires that could have easily been prevented had the candles been used safely,” Mr Purcell said.

We caution that a moment’s distraction or forgetfulness can lead to serious pain and damage.

“We’ve seen incidents where residents were lucky to escape their smoke-logged home after falling asleep with candles left burning.”

Also concerning is when candles are placed on or near flammable items such as plastic tables, clothes racks, curtains or upholstery.

MFB urges people burning candles to ensure they are used in a well-ventilated room, on a stable, heat-resistant surface, out of reach of children and pets.

“Most importantly, never leave a naked flame unattended, extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep,” Mr Purcell said.

“The only concern people should have on Valentine’s Day is securing that perfect dinner reservation, not worrying about potentially burning the house down.”

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