It sounds like a rhetorical question, but do you know basic candle safety? Do you know why these guidelines are safe? Certain guidelines seem like no-brainers, but without knowing how a candle works, some can get overlooked. This can cause safety issues as well as a reduction in the candle’s performance. Whether it is one of our handmade Scentsible™ candles or birthday candles on a cake, guidelines should be followed. The National Candle Association lists several rules for safely burning candles in our homes. Here are a few of the most important to consider.
“Always keep a burning candle within sight”
Probably all candle lovers have come back into a room and given the “Oops!” because we realized we forgot about a burning candle.
“Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire”
This seems easy but it is also easy to place a candle in an unsafe area without thinking. Like under the paper towel dispenser or anywhere grease may have built up, like a hood vent.
“Keep burning candles out of reach of children and pets”
Let’s not underestimate the extraordinary reaches of the tiniest ones in our homes.
“Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning”
Too many people neglect this one. Candles are controlled reactions. Without the right conditions, variances can occur meaning uneven burning and soot production. Get a good pair of wick trimmers or scissors for this purpose. ¼ inch is about the width of a standard pen or pencil.
“Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times”
Things like ashes, dirt and moisture can cause havoc on a candle’s performance. The wick can easily get clogged and cause issues like not staying lit, flickering, uneven burning and soot.
“Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents”
All candles with quality waxes, yes all waxes, will burn cleanly given the right conditions. If the wick is kept trimmed and a candle does not burn cleanly, it is probably due to some type of air current. For a candle to burn cleanly, complete combustion must occur. Even a slight current will disrupt this process so always keep this in mind when choosing a place for your candles.
“Don’t burn a candle all the way down”
This one seems like an easy one too, but it’s easy to underestimate how hot a container will get. Good things don’t last forever. Sometimes we have to realize it’s gone and move on to something new…or just buy another one.
These are just a few of many things to consider when burning a candle. For a complete list, visit the National Candle Association list. At the bottom, they have a link to download a printer-friendly list of safety rules.
Now that you’ve got the education to burn safely, check out our store to practice and enjoy.
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