Christmas Candle Safety
Avoid creating a fire hazard
While candles and Christmas go hand and hand, please ensure your Christmas remains merry and bright by following these candle safety tips:
- Put out all candles before leaving the house or going to bed
- Never burn candles near flammable materials
- Keep candles out of reach of children and pets
- Keep candle wicks trimmed to ¼ inch
- Never burn the candle longer than the manufacturer recommended time
- Keep the candle wax pool clear of burnt wick pieces, matches and debris
- Only use heat resistant candleholders
- Keep the candle out of drafts, vents and air ducts
- Only burn candles in a well ventilated room
- When less than 2 inches of the candle remains (1/2 inch in holders), throw out the candle.
- If burning multiple candles, keep 3 inches between each candle.
- Put out candles with a candle snuff, which prevents wax splatters
- Never touch a burning candle
If you notice your candle is smoking it doesn't necessarily mean it's a safety concern. Smoking candles occur when the flame starts to flicker. This flickering is caused by drafts; simply move the candle. If the smoke is very dark, it means there's a soot build up on the wick. Keeping the wick trimmed to ¼ inch will remove the excess soot.
To make your candles last, keep these pointers in mind:
- Candles should be kept in a dry and dark storage place to prevent warping.
- Clean old candles with a soft cloth moistened with salad oil.
- Freeze candles for an hour to make them drip less and burn longer.
- Charred wicks light instantly and slightly burned candles show good hospitality.
- Collect candle wax and melt. Dip with new wicks to create your own candles to be enjoyed again.
- Protect areas that have lit candles with plastic tablecloths, candleholders, aluminum foil or wooden displays.
- Keep areas clean that have spilled wax. Wood can be cleaned with a mixture of vinegar and water.
- Lightly coat candlestick holders with vegetable spray to make cleaning of wax easier.