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There’s a special beauty and tranqu­ility to candles, but a lighted candle is also an open flame, and a potential fire hazard if not carefully monitored. In fact, accidental candle fires account for approx­imately four percent of all U.S. reside­ntial fires.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that 85 percent of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed three basic safety rules:
Never leave a burning candle unatte­nded.
Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

Always Rules

Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing
Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This helps ensure they don't melt one another, or create their own drafts to cause improper burning.
Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters.
Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Trim candle­wicks to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.
Always use a candle­holder specif­ically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
Always place the candle­holder on a stable, heat-r­esi­stant surface. This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.
Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
Always keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow nearby lightw­eight items into the flame where they could catch fire.
Always burn candles in a well-v­ent­ilated room.
Always Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn't burning properly. Cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before religh­ting.
Always be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashl­ights and other batter­y-p­owered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure.

Candle Safety

Never Rules

Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decora­tions, etc.
Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.
Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.
Never burn a candle longer than the manufa­cturer recomm­ends. Always read and follow the manufa­ctu­rer's use and safety instru­ctions carefully.
Never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break.
Never burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discon­tinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if in a container.
Never burn too many candles in a small room or in a "­tig­ht" home where air exchange is limited.
Never use a candle as a night light

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