Dear Sheila Do home providers have to have a "Candlelight Policy"?
Thank you for your question. QCS’s Health & Safety and Infection Control Specialist, Sally Beck has let me have this response:
“The safe use of candles can be reviewed within your fire risk assessment. If required, a policy on the safe use of candles could be developed and the use of candles highlighted as a hazard within a building risk assessment on the care home. “
I would expect that the majority of care homes would have in place a policy that says that candles cannot be used in care homes but I may be wrong.
What would you like to ask Sheila?
Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.
Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
Please note that Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.
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