Candle Safety at Home

On Friday, January 20th, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service crews from Swansea Central, Morriston, Gorseinon, Port Talbot, Neath, Llanelli, Ammanford, Tumble and Carmarthen were called to an incident at the Meridian Tower, Meridian Quay, Swansea.  The Service had received a 999 call reporting smoke in a corridor on the tower’s 14th floor. 

Crews followed full high-rise procedure and conducted an external thermal scan of the tower, which is the tallest building in Wales.  The Grape & Olive restaurant, situated on the tower’s top floors, was evacuated, along with some of the building’s residents.

Following the crews’ inspections, it was determined that the incident was a false alarm, and the smoke was caused by incense burning in one of the tower’s apartments.

While we will always discourage the use of candles, incense, or oil burners, we understand that many people wish to use them for a variety of different reasons.  If using a candle or incense burner, please ensure that you follow the following safety measures:

  • Place them on heat-resistant surfaces
  • Burn only in a well-ventilated room
  • Always have working smoke alarms and test them regularly.

Further guidance on candle safety can be found here.  By following these simple safety measures, you can help reduce the number of false alarm calls requiring our attendance.

In an emergency always remember to call 999.