Candle holders and decorations safety

Published: 
2 Dec 2014

Combustible candle holders can pose a fire risk if they catch on fire and remain on fire for more than five seconds instead of self-extinguishing. Australians celebrating during the festive season are urged to watch out for these products.

Decorated candles and candle holders are particularly popular for use during the Christmas and New Year period, and new products and designs often appear on the market at this time.

Unfortunately, some are poorly made and do not comply with product safety rules – candle holders and decorations that ignite from the heat of the candle are permanently banned from supply in Australia as they are extremely dangerous.

The ACCC regularly monitors the market for potentially dangerous products.

Video – watch a combustible candle holder burn

This video shows how quickly a poorly-made novelty candle can start a fire on a table.

Safety tips

  • Before buying a novelty candle, ask the supplier whether the product been tested and whether it's safe.
  • Be extra careful using novelty candles that have sparkler- or firework-like flames (often used for lighting several candles). Carefully read and follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Avoid fires by keeping candles away from flammable Christmas and festive decorations. Don’t leave burning candles unattended and store matches away from children.