Safety Rules for Burning Candles
Candles are safe when burned properly, according to the manufacturer’s directions and responsibly. Candle lovers should follow these basic safety rules:
• Never leave candles unattended.
• Never burn candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
• Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
• Keep candles away from drafts and vents.
• Keep lit candles in plain sight.
• Keep candles on a stable, heat resistant surface.
• Always extinguish lit candles if you leave the room for a significant period of time.
Keep foreign objects out of liquid wax
Foreign matter like flies, insects and matchstick debris can soak up wax and catch fire because it acts like a second wick, and becomes hazardous.
How to extinguish a candle?
There a couple options for this task. One way is with the use of a wick dipper. This is a metal tool designed to push the lit wick into the pool of melted wax to put out the flame. Once the flame is extinguished, gently lift the wick back up using the metal dipper, so that the wick is now coated with wax and ready for the next burn. Another method is to use a candle snuffer which decreases the amount of oxygen the flame uses and naturally extinguishes the flame. If the wick gets pressed into the liquid wax accidentally, straighten the wick back up so its ready to be lit again.
Using a wick dipper or a snuffer to extinguish a flame eliminates the smoke, smell and splattering that may occur when you blow a candle out.