Holiday Home Safety: Candle Safety
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2012
Nothing is more alluring than the
captivating warm glow and fragrant scent of burning candles. Decorating the
home and holiday table with candles is traditional and still very chic.
Scientists have been fascinated by the physics of burning candles for hundreds
of years. Creating a beautiful and welcome holiday ambience in your home can be
as simple as an evergreen foliage-and-candle arrangement on a table or
fireplace mantle. But remember, a lighted candle it is an open flame.
According to the National Candle
Association, accidental candle fires increase four-fold during the holiday
season. Eighty-five percent of these fires could be prevented if consumers
follow some simple rules. Do not spoil the tranquility with an accidental fire.
The NCA urges all consumers to take special care with candles especially during
burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
- Always keep a burning candle within your
sight and never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Never burn a
candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
Be especially careful with flammable decorations, and curtains, or placing
candles too close to Christmas greenery or Christmas trees. Replace dry brittle
greenery or do not light the candles.
- Always use a
candleholder specifically designed for candle use.
The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and big enough to collect dripping
wax. Glass that is not heat resistant can shatter from the heat of the candle.
- Never burn
pillar candles, novelty candles, or any candles directly on furniture, whether
glass or wood, or directly on greenery. Pillar candles are free-standing
candles, usually having a diameter of 3 inches or more, and one or more wicks.
Despite the name, pillars or column candles can be round, square, hexagonal,
etc. Although they stand on their own, they must be burned on a heat-resistant
- Trim candlewicks
to ¼ inch before lighting or re-lighting, and keep the
wax-pool free of wick trimmings, dust, matches and debris at all times. Wicks that
are too long can cause uneven burning, smoking, and dripping.
- Read the
label and follow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and
proper use. As a general rule for pillars, burn 1 minute per inch across the
diameter of the candle. For example: a three-inch candle should burn for no
more the 30 minutes before cooling, trimming the wick, and relighting.
placing candles in drafts, near vents or air currents. This will
help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping. Keep candles out of the
reach of children and away from pets.
Fact or Fiction: Placing candles in the refrigerator or freezer until they
are very cold will make the candle burn slower or longer. Does this really
work? According to the National Candle Association: Yes and No. While it is
true that a cold candle will burn more slowly, it only takes a few minutes for
the heat from the flame to warm the candle to room temperature. The extra
burning time you may get is not much and probably not worth the effort or
For more information on Candle Safety, visit the National
Candle Association website athttp://www.candles.org/index.html.
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