We Didn’t Start The Fire: Candle Safety 101

Imagine a long day of hard work. How nice would it be to get home, kick back, relax, and relieve your stress. You may want to dim the lights, put on soothing music or ambient sound, and enjoy a pleasing scent. For most of us, the go to medium is a scented candle. Candles give a very unique experience when at home. It makes your meal much more romantic. It makes a room much more soothing. However, having an open flame does come with some danger. Before you even light up that candle, be sure to remember the following tips.
Inspect the candle
What are the things to look out for to make a candle safer? First is the wick. Make sure the wick is no longer than a quarter of an inch from the tip of the candle. This reduces the risk of drips, uneven burning, and flickering. Make sure there are no cracks that can make the candle tip over. Finally, the base is secure and in a holder. You want to make sure that candle will not move while it is burning.

Inspect your placement
Never light a candle near objects that easily catch flame. Drapes and curtains are prime examples. I would also avoid placing candles on tables with cloth covering it. Always make sure the surface is flat and stable. Never put the candle in a soft surface like the bed or a couch. It will surely topple. Lastly, watch out for winds and drafts. Not only do you want to avoid it falling, but you don’t want the flame dancing around and burning other items.

Never leave it out of your sight
If you will be lighting a candle, always be present. Never leave it unattended and alone. I recommend to always stay in the same room and avoid falling asleep. Make sure it is also out of reach from pets and children. You wouldn’t want them playing with open flames.

Before you leave the candle…
Always make sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the candle alone. Smoke has stopped and the wick has no more glow. The best way to kill a candle is to use a candle snuffer. This avoids hot wax splattering when you blow out the fire. When cleaning wax off the candle holders, avoid using a knife. Not only can you injure yourself, but it can weaken or damage glass which can break when it heats up.

Safety is always a priority. Even something as simple as a candle can pose a significant threat. Always have the right protection for yourself and your home. At Wellcovered Insurance, we do our best in making sure that our clients are well-protected with affordable and comprehensive policies. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact our agency at (386) 218-4951 or CLICK HERE to request a free quote.