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5 Ways To Safely Enjoy Candles in Your Home

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a person holding 3 candles Use candles safely to avoid fire damage in your home.

There's no doubt that candles have their advantages, such as the beautifully unique ambiance they create and the aromatic scents. Unfortunately, candles aren't always the safest option. Home candle fire risk is real, but if you use precautions, they can be used safely.

5 Ways to Use Candles Safely

1. Keep Candles Away From Air Currents

Place your candle in an area away from open doors or windows, fans, vents or other potential air currents. Drafts can cause excessive dripping of candle wax, uneven burning or flammable materials to blow in the way of the lit candle.

2. Don't Put Out a Candle With Water

Trying to extinguish a candle flame with water can cause splashing of hot wax and possibly cause the candle holder to break due to the temperature difference between the water and heated glass. A snuffer is the best method for putting out a candle safely and causes much less mess.

3. Keep Candles Away From Flammable Materials

Most homes have no shortage of flammable materials, so you must keep candles distanced adequately from anything that could catch fire. Drapes, bedding, paper and loose clothing are typical accidental candle fire starters. Most furniture and rugs can also be risky.

4. Never Leave Candles Unattended

Never leave burning candles unattended, including while you're sleeping. Fire restoration professionals handle enough fire and smoke cleanup to know how many home fires begin when candles are left burning overnight.

5. Keep Candles Out of Reach of Children and Pets

Not only are burning candles dangerous if kids and pets get ahold of them, but they're also at risk of being knocked over even if they're out of reach. Ensure candles are out of high-traffic areas. It can be easy for anyone including furry friends, to bump a candle or piece of furniture on which it's sitting and tip it over.

Ensure that you and your family know about candle fire risks. Understanding the risks and safety practices can go far in preventing a very preventable disaster at your Layton, UT home.

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