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Candle Safety

Posted by KAT Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Here are some tips for Candle Safety.....Failure to follow these safety tips could result in a fire hazard or an injury.
  • Never burn your candles unattended! Number 1 for safety.
  • Keep out of reach of Children and/or pets. Little fingers, or tails wagging are not safe around an open flame.
  • To avoid glass containers from shattering: never burn a candle that is in a container that is either cracked or chipped. The glass is weakened, and the heat can cause it to shatter.
  • Always place your candles on a heat resistant surface when burning. You can use a trivet, saucer or a pot holder in a pinch. You may think that your counter is safe, but some countertops are not heat resistant. Jar candles can get very hot when burning. Also, furniture is generally not heat or flame resistant. Think before you put your hot candles anywhere that might not be safe.
  • Keep wicks trimmed to avoid high flames and increased burning time. A large wick flame will make your candles burn faster and hotter, and could produce smoke from the increased wick size. Always trim wicks to 1/4" prior to burning.
  • Keep wicks in the center of the container. If your wick is crooked, use a butter knife or spoon to push it back to the center for even burning.
  • Avoid burning your candles in drafts. Drafts can occur from air conditioning units, fans, open windows or just from traffic in the area (people walking alot). Burning you candles in drafty areas will make your candles burn unevenly and quicker. If you notice a lop-sided burn, turn your candle every once in a while, so that the other side will melt also.
  • Never burn candles around any flamable objects like curtains, drapes, papers, etc. These can very easily catch on fire if they drift into the area of the flame.
  • Keep the candle, wax, and wick area free from wick trimmings, matches, or any flamable materials. These can catch on fire when the flame reaches them.
  • Do not keep burning your candles once the metal "wick tab" is showing, if one is used.
  • Never put a lid back on the container or jar until after the flame has been blown out and the container has had time to cool. This can cause cracks or fractures in the lid, due to the heat build-up, and could shatter if it's glass.

I hope these Safety guidelines help you and that you might have found a tip or two here that you did not know! More information will coming soon............

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