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Burning Candles 2 of 2

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Lit candles in mason jars. Lit candles in mason jars.

Burning Candles 2 of 2

While Burning:

  • Never leave candles unattended.

  • Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, decorations, etc.

  • Keep candles out reach of children and pets.

  • Don’t touch or move a candle while it is lit and the wax is liquefied.

  • If using a pillar candle, don’t burn the last 2 inches; for any other type, don’t burn the last ½ inch.

  • If burning multiple candles, burn them at least 3 inches apart.

  • If the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly, extinguish the flame.

  • Never use a candle as a night light, just in case you fall asleep.

  • Be aware if using candles during power outages. Try having flashlights on hand. It is safer to move a flashlight around than a lit candle.

When Extinguishing a Candle:

  • To help prevent wax splattering when extinguishing a lit candle, use a candle snuffer.

  • Don’t use water to snuff out the candle. The hot wax may splatter, and the glass might break.

  • Make sure the candle is completely snuffed out before leaving the room. Really look at the wick and make sure there are no active embers on the tip.

  • It is best not to move or handle the candle until it is cooled and the wax has hardened.

  • If you use a knife or something metallic to scrape wax drippings off of a holder, you may end up scratching the glass, and it can become weak and break. A plastic or wood scraper is safer.

Following these guidelines, you can enjoy candles, while still keeping yourself and your home safe.

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