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Candle Safety Tips

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All over the world, candles are lit in shrines, at home and on festive occasions. Although candles do provide a nice certain atmosphere and serve helpful functions, they are also potential fire hazards if left unattended. It's best to observe proper caution to preserve the joy of lighting candles at home. There are certain measures you must adopt to ensure candle safety. For one, never permit children to keep or light candles in their rooms. Keep candles out of reach of children and away from pets at all times-do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over. In fact, candles should have designated places in your home. Make sure an adult is present for the lighting of candles.

Always use a candle holder specifically designed for candle use-candle holders are made to be sturdy and heat-resistant with containers to collect melted wax. Be certain of placing candle holders on stable, heat-resistant surfaces. This will also help prevent possible heat damage to all kinds of counter tops. Keep candlewicks trimmed-long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping, leading to fire hazards.

Make sure that you burn candles within sight and never burn them near anything that can catch fire. Ensure burning candles are away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper and decorations. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. To further prevent objects from catching fire, avoid using a candle as a nightlight. Burning candles should always be kept away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans or any kind of air currents. Besides preventing rapid or uneven burning and soot stains, drafts can also blow lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could catch fire.

Never allow a candle to burn all the way down to the end and remember to extinguish the flame when it comes close to the holder. To do away with any margin for error, discontinue burning the candle when only two inches of wax remains. Another safety precaution you can follow is to always use the candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering. Remember not to touch a burning candle or move a candle when the wax is still in liquid form. Always allow candles to cool off to avoid burning yourself.

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