Scented candles can be a wonderful presence in the home, but it is important to remember that their usage involves fire. In short, careless usage of scented candles can result in serious damage to both the home and its contents, not to mention the potential to produce even more terrible consequences. That said, remaining safe while burning candles in the home is a simple matter, so long as the right precautions are being taken.
Here are some simple but nonetheless rules to keep in mind while burning candles:
- The most basic rule for remaining safe while burning candles is to never leave them unattended. This means that homeowners should take care to extinguish all candles before either heading to bed or even leaving the room. Furthermore, someone should have a lit candle in sight at all times, not least because burning candles can sometimes produce unexpected results.
- On a related note, candles should have their wicks trimmed before being lit. In most cases, a wick of 1/4 inches is an excellent compromise between competing needs. An excessively short wick can make it inconvenient to light the candle, while an excessively long wick can cause uneven burning and thus uneven dripping of heated wax.
- Candles should rest on some kind of candle-holder. The best candle-holders are purpose-made, but there are some vessels that can serve as acceptable substitutes in a pinch. In main, a candle-holder has to be both resistant to the heat and capable of containing the heated wax. Furthermore, it should have a stable base, since that will help it remaining standing in case it is hit by a powerful impact.
- Heat can inflict serious damage on its surrounding, so it is important to put the candle-holder on a heat-resistant surface. Bear in mind that even though it is not as effective as either radiation or convection, conduction means that heat can pass through the candle-holder to affect the surface on which it is situated.
- It is essential to seclude the candle from disruptive elements. For example, keep burning candles isolated from both pets and children, since their movements can jostle candle-holders. Similarly, keep burning candles away from flammable materials, since that is the most common cause of candle-related damage. Bear in mind that candle flames can reach further than most people expect, since moving air can result in massive flare-ups.
- Keep some space between multiple burning candles. This is because burning candles create heat, which results in moving air. Heat can cause uneven burning in nearby candles, while moving air can create both uneven burning and unexpected flare-ups. A space of 3 inches between each burning candle should prove sufficient.
- A candle snuffer is the best method for snuffing a candle. Blowing out a candle can be dangerous because it causes the flame to move, while water can splatter the wax and even damage the candle-holder because of thermal shock. Bear in mind that a still glowing wick has the potential to reignite, meaning that more effort is needed to snuff it out fully.
Following these rules should help homeowners keep their homes safe while infusing them with the wonderful scents sold through our store. Never make the mistake of believing that nothing bad can happen, because candle-related accidents happen all too often.