Candle Safety

Welcome to A Candle Occasion! As this is the first blog, I will keep it short and sweet. If you love to burn candles like I do, it is always good practice to ensure you are burning your candles in the most effective and correct way!

Burning candles can be dangerous if you are unaware of the possible risks and how to avoid a fire? As a customer of my own products, what kind of responsible entrepreneur would I be if I didn’t share this helpful information with you? As a recommendation, please read and follow the candle burning rules below:

The Cardinal Candle Burning Rules

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that the vast majority of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed these basic safety rules:

• Never leave a burning candle unattended.
• Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
• Always burn candles on a heat/fire resistant surface.
• Always keep candles well away from flammable materials like curtains, lampshades, decorative items, plants etc.
Additional Important Candle Burning Guidelines
Follow these additional guidelines to make sure that your candles not only burn safely, but also burn well.
• Even if your candle is set on a heat/fire resistant plate or candle holder, be sure that the candle holder itself is placed on a safe stable surface.
• Keep your wicks trimmed. This is essential for the candle to burn cleanly, safely and without smoking. Trim your wick to about 1/4″ every time you burn them.
• Keep candles out of drafty locations.
• Keep wick trimmings and other debris out of the pool of melted wax.
• Never move a lighted candle.
• Don’t burn a candle longer than 1 hour for each inch of its diameter. That is, don’t burn a 2″ votive more than 2 hours…or a 4″ pillar for more than 4 hours.
• Don’t burn candles all the way down. Leave an inch or two at the bottom of pillars, and at least a half inch with votives and container candles.
• Don’t burn a defective candle. If it’s not burning properly – if it’s sputtering or smoking or the flame is burning too high – don’t burn it. Just make or get out another one that will burn properly.
• Extinguish the candle properly. Using a candle snuffer is by far the best way to put out a candle. But in the absence of a snuffer, use the forefinger candle blowing technique.
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