Burning candles in your home can be very enjoyable. Candles are relaxing, soothing, and can fill your home with the most pleasurable aromas. But, since burning a candle does involve an open flame, you must always burn candles with caution.
Here are some candle instructions to ensure candle safety when burning a candle.
Where to Burn a Candle:
Some things to consider when selecting the right candle holder for your candle are the material it is made of, size, and design. You want to make sure the candle holder is made of sturdy and heat resistant material that can endure the high heat that some candles may give off. Size is another factor because you want to ensure that your candle holder is large enough to hold your candle and also to prevent your candle from tipping over anytime that it is lit.
Never place your candle on a surface that cannot withstand heat, these types of surfaces may become damaged if the candle becomes too hot, or the candle holder breaks.
Never move a lit candle. If you need to move your candle once it has been lit, extinguish the flame and allow the wax to set up before attempting to move it. If a candle has been burning for an extended period of time, the container will be hot.
Always burn candles where they are out of reach to children and pets. A flame can be very captivating to a small child. You also do not want to burn a candle where it can easily be knocked over by an excited dog’s tail, or places where indoor cats frequent.
Never burn a candle by any object that is flammable. Never burn candles near paperwork; especially on desks. Draperies can also easily catch fire so avoid window sills and end tables near windows.
Never burn candles where they will be left unattended. You only want to leave candles lit where an adult is in the room to monitor it. Also, before going to sleep, extinguish all candles in the house. You will want to ensure that your wick is completely out and no longer “glowing”. Never use candles as nightlights.
When burning candles, make sure they are placed somewhere away from drafts. Be wary of burning a candle in a room that has a ceiling fan going; you want to place the burning candle where it will not be affected by the breeze.
When burning multiple candles in one room, make sure they are at least 3 inches apart. This is especially true for pillar or votive candles. Burning candles too close to one another may result in the candles melting one another. This can also create a draft situation where your candles will flare.
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