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How to Light a Candle Safely Without Getting Burned
Frightening Statistics in U.S.A. (from the NFPA)
Between 2006-2010 –
- 11,640 home fires caused by candles
- 126 deaths
- 953 injuries
- $438 million worth of property damage
- 35% candle fires start in the bedroom
- 32 candle fire calls reported per day
- 11% candle fires due to falling asleep
- 11% candle fires in December alone (peak month)
- More than 50% of candle fires start when items or fabrics that can burn are too close to them.
Candles and Candlelight ~
Lighting candles is something many of us do instinctively without perhaps looking at whether it is being safely done.
How many of you have ended up with minor burns as a result of improper candle lighting? I know I have for sure.
One of my great passions is candles, the more the merrier and when I think back to the large amounts of candles I have had lit at one time, it is frightening.
Candle light can be soft, magical, romantic, relaxing, and decorative and the list goes on and on.
From religious candle lighting ceremonies to being used as a light source, candles are loved everywhere and are here to stay so let’s start treating them with some care and respect.
Candles are a solid block of wax with a wick embedded in the top of them and are predominantly made of paraffin wax, beeswax, soy, plant waxes or tallow.
Gel candles are a mix of mineral oil and a polymer.
However much we love them, they produce an open flame and are potentially capable of taking lives, and it’s that simple.
Candlelit Dinner Anyone?
Great Gel Candle Making from Ishwaryaa22 ~
- Decorative Scented Gel Candle-making ~ A Fun Craft Tutorial
Candle-making as a hobby is not just therapeutic but also enjoyable. You can create your own gel candles, using your own available materials or the hobby kit as indicated in this tutorial hub. You can use decorative scented gel candles as home access
Ways of Lighting Candles ~
How people light their candles, be they large pillar candles or small tea-lights, I guarantee you will differ with how they SHOULD light their candles!
Here are the best choices for lighting candles without getting burned and make fire safety sense.
Butane Candle Lighter
Candle Lighters -
Long Handled Butane Lighters
I find these extremely useful and ideal for igniting candles and the fire in the fireplace. There are three different forms I recommend:
Disposable Lighters are inexpensive and found in a variety of stores and online.
Refillable Butane Lighters which are available in a variety of prices depending on brand and composition. Check out craft stores, jewellery stores, department stores or online for these.
2 in 1 Refillable Lighter and Candle Snuffer are an excellent buy if you need both. I have separate items but if I needed both I would certainly consider this option as it is very cost effective and practical.
Lighting Birthday Candles
Candle Matches -
Most homes will often keep a box of matches handy in a drawer, for lighting gas stoves, candles, fires, cigarettes or cigars. The problem with regular sized matches is they are too short and thin to safely use for candle lighting. They burn quickly and will often come into contact with the skin easily.
Safety Matches or Extra Long Matches specifically designed for lighting products easily and safely are definitely worth having instead. One match will often light numerous candles when grouped together making them more economical too.
When using for candles, make sure no fabrics, inflammable objects or hair (for the long haired candle lovers) are anywhere near the candle before striking the match.
Strike the match close to the end of the candle wick (not on it or it will go out) and wait for it to ignite. Blow out your match when finished and discard safely. Something I do is to run a few drops of tap water over the match to be 100% sure the flame is out.
Store the matches away safely in a drawer or high shelf out of reach for children and pets.
Candle Snuffers -
- How to Make a Seashell Votive Candle
Tutorial on how to make the craft with seashells. Also includes alternate directions for making wine bottle candles.
Candle Safety Tips
- Always blow out candles or use a candle snuffer when you leave a room and NEVER light candles in the bedroom as much as it is tempting for ambiance and creating a mood.
- Candles should be displayed 12 inches away from anything it can ignite.
- Make sure candles are in a sound secure candle holder on a level uncluttered surface.
- Always keep hair and loose clothing away from candles when lighting them and when lit.
- Never ever light a candle if there is oxygen in the home.
- Never allow a candle burn all the way out. Extinguish it before it reaches the bottom of the holder or container.
- Keep wind up torches, rechargeable torches or battery powered lighting on hand in case of a power cut, avoid using candles. In power cuts people often have a habit of lighting a candle then carrying it around rooms or upstairs which is highly dangerous.
- Instead of a fragrance candle why not have homemade room fresheners or easy to make potpourri instead?
Ceremonial Candle Lighting
Candle Lighting for Hanukkah
Do you practice safe candle use?
Ceremonial /Religious Candle Safety Tips
Lit candles are use in places of worship, religious services and in the home as part of a religious service, tradition or custom throughout the world. Regardless of whether you plan on using one candle or more than one in a kinara, menorah or candelabra a few safety rules should be followed.
- Make sure candle holders are sturdy and the candle or candles fit properly.
- Avoid passing a lit candle to another person.
- Make sure any lit candles on window sills are not close to curtains or blinds as they are a fire risk.
- When lighting a candle in a lighting candle ceremony, make sure the person with the unlit candle lights theirs from the already lit candle.
- Candles placed on or near shrines, altars or tables need to be monitored by an adult at all times.
- Make sure to extinguish all candles before going to bed.
- If you must keep a candle burning through the night, make sure it is enclosed in a glass container and placed in the sink, a basin or a metal tray filled with water.
Extra Candle Care At Christmas
Candle Care At Christmas
- Epsom Salt Candle Decorating Craft - Easy and Fun
Using this easy step-by-step illustrated guide, you can jazz up any plain candle by adding paint, glue and epsom salt. These candles add a little sparkle to anyone's home and make a great homemade gift that anyone can do.
Additional Tips At Christmastime
In America, the month of December accounts for 11% of all house fires caused by candles and the majority of incidents fall on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day so beware and be vigilant during the festive season.
- Avoid placing candles at low heights easily reached or knocked, particularly by children and pets visiting.
- If placing as a centrepiece on the table why not use a decorative candle instead with no flame. Avoid lit candles on your dining table as it is a sure way of someone reaching across the flame and getting burned.
- Make sure there is constant adult supervision in your rooms with lit candles or blow them out.
- Don’t leave candles burning too late and make sure to blow out completely before bedtime.
By applying simple candle safety tips can make all the difference to avoiding starting a fire so please do take note candle lovers and make you and you loved ones safe.
Blow Candles Out Before Bedtime
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