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RoSPA urges Valentine's Day fire safety

13th February 2014 | Fire Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has urged couples who want to be romantic on Valentine's Day to think about fire safety when lighting candles and remember to snuff them out.

Candles were the cause of 952 house fires in the 2011/2012 period, resulting in nine deaths and 388 non-fatal casualties. These are mostly caused by leaving candles lit near curtains, tablecloths or other flammable objects.

Sheila Merrill, RoSPA’s public health adviser, said: “Valentine’s Day is a time for romance and we want couples to enjoy candle-lit evenings, but make sure you follow candle safety advice so what should be a romantic night doesn’t go up in smoke."

Of course, businesses should also bear this advice in mind. Although the workplace is an unlikely location for a romantic meal, there are still plenty of fire risks in many places of employment that workers need to be prepared to deal with.

Take the appropriate steps, installing fire signs where necessary and training employees to deal with any dangers, if you want your workplace to be safe and free from incident.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801693133-ADNFCR


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