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Don’t let fire extinguish the passion this Valentine’s Day

After a long cold January, Robert Richards Associates Limited are celebrating February as the month of love and romance. That time of year when new love is found or old love is renewed amidst a sea of hearts, chocolates and slushy poems. Whilst it is easy to get swept up in the throws of love and passion it is always important to stay safe. For every romantic candlelit room or lovingly prepared meal, there is the potential for distraction and heartbreak. So to that effect, here is Robert Richards Associates Limited quick guide to Valentines Safety.


Be safe with Candles

Candles are a great way to set the mood for a romantic evening or hot date. Mood lighting and some sensual music can and has set the scene for many a Valentine’s Day rendezvous. If you do use candles or tea lights here are some key safety tips to keep you, your home, your wife, your fiancé, your girlfriend / boyfriend, your lover and your family safe:

  • Make sure that when in use, candles are secured in a proper holder and away from materials that may catch fire – curtains, decorations, toys etc.
  • Put candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re completely extinguished and adequately cooled at night.
  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
  • Don’t move candles once they are lit
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on burn time and proper use.
  • Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring (mainly with tea-lights).
  • Always make sure tea-lights are placed in a proper holder. The foil container which tea lights come in can get very hot. They can melt through plastic, such as round the edge of a  bath,  or on top of Television sets and have the potential to start a house fire.
  • Use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles. It’s safer than blowing them out when embers can fly


Don’t let a romantic meal for two end in disaster

 Thinking of cooking to impress this Valentine’s Day? When whipping up a culinary storm it is important to remember that around 60% of accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen. Taking a few simple measures can make all the difference.

  • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove.
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – they can easily catch fire.
  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn the heat down to avoid risk.
  • Make sure you don’t get distracted when cooking, even for a short period of time, turn off the cooker
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob. Keep anything that can catch fire – oven gloves, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, tea towels – away from your cooker top.
  • Check the cooker is off when you have finished cooking


Keep the ones you love safe with a working Smoke Alarm

Remember to love your smoke alarm. Having a working smoking alarm will greatly increase your chances of escaping from a fire unharmed. Ensuring your alarm is correctly positioned and regularly tested could make the difference between heartbreak and happily ever after.


So this Valentine’s Day, make fire safety one of your priorities and keep the ones you love happy and safe. From all of us here at Robert Richards Associates Limited have a great February.


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