Safe Candles – Electronic, Smokeless Candles Consumer Guide
Better Safe Than Sorry!
Unfortunately, candles are not very safe. Strangely enough, they are still one of the best selling products on the market when it comes to gifts and home décor. Luckily, safe candles do exist and are readily available at approximately the same costs as burning regular ones. With these great alternatives, you’ll be able to still enjoy a lovely scented home and even be able to relax with a (faux) flame.
You’ll never know the difference when you switch to safe candles and you will easily be able to avoid all the dangers associated with candle burning. This article will cover the dangers of burning candles as well as the best safe candle alternatives.
Most Pets Aren't Scared of Open Flames
Dangers of Burning Candles
Fire Hazard & Burns Hazard
Each and every time you burn a candle, you have the potential of unintentionally starting a house fire. You also risk the chance of you or a loved one experiencing an open flame burn.
Another common and terrifying occurrence is that pets may accidentally brush their tails across an open flame. Then, the pet runs off confused as it tries to extinguish the fire, in the meanwhile spread the flame throughout your home. Not all pets remain cautious around fire, so do not count on your pet staying away from the open flame.
Candle holders can also break with intense heat, especially near the end of burning a candle. If you forget a candle is burning and leave it unattended, you risk the chance of exposing your children and pets to burns as well as the tipping over or breaking of a candle holder.
The most common known fact about burning candles is that they omit carbon monoxide. While it is rare to be able to suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning, it is highly understood that it is best to avoid inhaling carbon monoxide in every situation. Why bring it into your home?
Another chemical concern is the issue of candles manufactured with lead wicks. Candles made in the U.S. no longer contain lead, however many candles are imported from oversees. Burning candles with lead wicks will release lead into the air. Not very romantic, is it?
After writing this hub, one reader, Candie V, submitted the following tip on how to check for lead wicks: "People need to know about the lead in the wicks and how to tell if there is any... if you run you finger over the top of the wick and it's a little sharp, there's lead..It's easier to tell if it's already been burned a little."
Best Candle Alternatives
In order to reduce the chances of having a house fire,
experiencing a burn injury or exposing your family to lead wicks and carbon
monoxide, it’s time to find the best safe candles! When choosing the best
candle alternatives for your home, you have three main categories to choose
No Flame, Smokeless Candles
First off, you can use an electronic candle heater. You simply place a traditional candle that you received as a gift, turn on the heater and the wax will begin to melt and omit the scent. No flame required!
The second option is to use a tart ‘burner’ or melter which allows you to melt small wax tarts with no flame by heating them up. They, too will omit the scent of your choice. Wax tarts are fun because they are small so you can frequently purchase new scents to try. Also mix and match half of several wax tarts to make your own custom scents. Have a cherry wax tart and a lime wax tart? Break each in half and melt two halves together for a refreshing cherry lime scent. The possibilities are endless!
What’s the purpose of electronic candles? Electronic candles serve the same purpose as electronic fireplaces. They still set the mood and create a calming atmosphere in your home by creating a 'faux' flame. But, since there is no real flame and the heat is coming from a safe, controlled electricity source, there is little to no danger of accidental fires, burn injuries or even carbon monoxide poisoning.
Electronic candles are typically unscented and are therefore
fantastic for those with sensitive allergies. They also last a lot longer (if
not forever!) than burning regular candles as there is no wax to melt away.
Do You Use Safe Candles?
Flameless & Scented Candles
Flameless, electronic and scented candles are some of
the coolest safe candle innovation on today’s market. Here, you get the best of
both worlds – a scent of your choice to help relax and soothe you as well as
the calming, peaceful flicker of a faux flame. Next time you're shopping for safe candles, you should give these type a go!