Fire Safety and Candles

Fire Safety and Candles:

According to the U.S. Consumer and Safety Commission, a study showed that approximately 85 percent of candles fires are avoidable.  For fire safety and candles, follow these three basic rules:

  1. Don’t leave a lit candle unattended
  • Try to avoid lighting candles early in the morning before having to leave and try to avoid lighting them at night when there is a possibility of falling asleep while it’s still burning.
  1. Don’t light a candle near anything else that is flammable
  • Curtains, paperwork and even kitchen cabinets are potentially things in your home that a candle flame that can catch on fire. Only a few seconds is needed before a fire can get out of control.
  1. Keep candles away from kids and pets
  • Small children can easy knock a candle over or burn themselves.  Your pets fur could catch on fire, or they could also knock over the candles.

Other Candle Safety Tips:

  1. Trim wicks before every use
  • Trim the wick down to 1/4″.  Don’t leave the wick trimming in the candle.
  1. Avoid drafts and heating/air vents
  • Drafts can cause an uneven burning of the candle as well as dancing flames.
  1. Light on a flat surface
  • A flat tabletop or countertop are the recommended surfaces for enjoying your candles. Avoid lighting candles on windowsills and fireplace hearths.
  1. Never touch a lit candle
  • Candle vessels can get very hot the further down the candle burns.  As a result more heat is kept inside the vessel and attempting to move the candle can result in serious burns.  Dropping a hot can vessel can cause it to break or explode.
  1. Don’t move a lit candle
  • The vessels can get very hot and lifting a hot vessel can cause you to drop it, causing damage to the vessel and could possibly cause a fire or for you to burn yourself
  1. Don’t light a candle that has obvious oil seepage
  • If a candle has liquid looking beads, do not light it. Those “sweating” candles usually have an unequal of wax to fragrance oil ratio and are a huge fore hazard
  1. Use a candle coaster
  • A glass or resin coaster can protect your flat surface from potential heat damage from the candle vessel. The candle lid will work well as a buffer between your candle and table or counter top as well.–Standards/Voluntary-Standards/Topics/Candles#:~:text=The%20U.S.%20Consumer%20Product%20Safety,to%20candles%20and%20candle%20accessories.&text=45%20for%20Candles%20and%20Candle,address%20fires%20associated%20with%20candles.

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