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Candle Safety

These safety tips have been recommended by the National Candle Association

 

*Never leave a burning candle unattended!

*Keep burning candles away from children and pets.

*Do not place near flammable objects such as curtains, walls, etc.

*Place on a protected, heat resistant, level surface.

*Keep candle free of wick trimmings, matches, or other foreign matter that could be a fire hazard.

*Avoid burning in drafts.

*Avoid walking with lit candles.

*Keep wick trimmed to 1/4 inch.

*Allow candle to cool before trimming wick or relighting.

*Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are much safer light sources than candles during a power failure.

*One of the safest ways to extinguish a candle is to use a candle snuffer, which helps prevent hot wax from spattering.

*To avoid glass containers shattering: Do not burn a candle in a container that is chipped or cracked. Do not allow candle to burn completely down to the bottom of container, stop about 1/2 inch short. Do not allow flame to touch sides of container.

*Allow candle to cool before replacing lid on jar.

Helpful Tips:

*Burn candles 1 hour for each inch of it's diameter. This allows the flame time to melt the wax to the outer edge. Burning less time will cause the candle to core burn down the middle & shorten burn time.

*Use toenail clippers to trim wicks in jars in which scissors won't fit.

*Candles will fade if left in direct sunlight.

*Never pour hot wax down the drain.

*It's important that you keep your candle free of debris. Don't place matches or other objects in your candles.

Problem Solving:

*If a wick becomes too short to light, carve away enough wax to expose the fresh wick, then trim 1/4 inch off the top of the candle and burn the candle to reform it's appearance.

*Crooked burning: If wick moves off center, use a butter knife to gently push it back to center. If there is a draft, rotating the candle can help.

*Clean soiled or scratched candles with old nylons.