There’s a special sense of beauty and tranquility that fills a room when glowing candlelight is present. That said, it’s important to remember that a lit candle is also an open flame and a potential fire hazard if not monitored properly. According to the National Candle Association, approximately four percent of all U.S. residential fires are started by the unsafe use of candles. As October is National Fire Prevention Month, keep these simple safety tips in mind before lighting any candles in your home.
Trim Wick to ¼”
Before burning any type of candle, be sure to cut the wick down to ¼”. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.
Burn Candles in Safe Places
Keep burning candles away from pets and out of the reach of children. Never leave a candle unattended. Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room, and do not burn too many candles in a small room where air flow is limited. Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent uneven burning and avoid flare-ups and soot. Drafts can also blow nearby lightweight items (such as paper) into the flame where they could catch fire.
Use the Right Candle Holder
Always use a candle holder that is designed for candle use and make sure it is the right size for the specific candle. The holder should be heat-resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax. Also, be sure the candle holder is placed on a stable surface to help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.
Keep Flammable Objects Away
Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
The safest way to prevent hot wax splatters is to always use a snuffer to extinguish a candle.
Never use water to extinguish a candle as it can cause splatters or glass containers to break. Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers or the flame becomes too high as this means the candle isn’t burning properly. If this happens, let it cool off, trim the wick and check for drafts before re-lighting.