As per our ‘Terms and Conditions’ :
No naked lights, including candles, are permitted without prior consent of the Bookings
We recommend the use of flameless LED candles as we discourage the use of candles due to:
- The increased risk of fire from naked flames
- The probability that the smoke from the flames may trigger our smoke detectors and fire alarm which in turn will potentially disrupt the event
Our consent to the use of candles would be based on your plan for the appropriate management of the risks.
How to reduce the risk of candle flames starting fires?
- Always put candles on a heat resistant surface. Be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic.
- Put them in a proper holder. Candles need to be held firmly upright by the holder so they won’t fall over. The holder needs to be stable too, so it won’t fall over either
- The holder edge should be higher than the height of the candle flame
- Position them away from curtains. Don’t put candles near curtains or other fabrics – or furniture. And keep them out of draughts
- Keep clothes and hair away. If there’s any chance you could lean across a candle and forget it’s there, put it somewhere else. You don’t want to set fire to your clothes or your hair
- Keep children and pets away. Candles should be out of reach of children and pets
- Keep candles apart. Leave at least four inches (10cm) between two burning candles
- Take care with votive or scented candles. These kinds of candles turn to liquid to release their fragrance, so put them in a glass or metal holder
- Don’t move them when they’re burning. Extinguish candles before moving them. Also, don’t let anything fall into the hot wax like match sticks
- Don’t leave them burning. Extinguish candles before you leave a room. Never go to sleep with a candle still burning. And never leave a burning candle or oil burner in a child’s bedroom
- Use a snuffer or a spoon to put them out. It’s safer than blowing them, which can send sparks and hot wax flying
- Double check they’re out. Candles that have been put out can go on smouldering and start a fire. Make sure they’re completely out.
How to reduce the risk of candles setting off fire alarms
- Keep candles away from fire alarms and smoke detectors. The smoke from a candle can easily travel to a smoke detector and set it off. Place candles at least 3 feet away from smoke detectors.
- Keep candles in a well-ventilated area. A well-ventilated area will help to disperse the smoke from a candle, making it less likely to set off a smoke alarm.
- Don’t leave candles unattended. Always keep an eye on candles when they are burning. If you need to leave the room, blow out the candles.
- Trim wicks to millimetres or 1/4 of an inch. Long wicks can produce more smoke, which can increase the risk of setting off a smoke alarm.
- Clean your smoke detectors regularly. A dirty smoke detector may not be able to detect smoke properly, which could increase the risk of a fire.
- Plant-based wax candles: Finally, using candles that are designed to burn cleanly and produce less smoke, such as soy wax or rapeseed wax candles, can also reduce the risk of triggering a smoke alarm.