advertisement
Updated 12 May 2014

Safe candle burning

Romantic dinners, holiday decorations and powercuts all demand the use of candles. But candles can still be dangerous, and are sometimes disregarded as fire hazards.

0
Romantic dinners, holiday decorations and powercuts all demand the use of candles. But candles can still be dangerous, and are sometimes disregarded as fire hazards. The US National Candle Association offers these tips for safe candle use:

Take Action:

Don't burn candles on or near anything that can catch fire;
Extinguish all candles before leaving a room, or before going to sleep;
Trim candlewicks to 1 cm each time before you light them; keep burning candles away from Open windows, vents or air currents;
Don't extinguish candles with water - water can cause the hot wax to spatter and glass containers to break;
Place candles at least 8 cm apart from one another.

Read more on what to do if a fire breaks out in your home.

Image: Wikimedia, J. Samuel Burner

 
advertisement

Get a quote

advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Live healthier

Vitamin wise »

Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins

Get your vitamins right

Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.

Yoga »

Exercise time? Yoga mats matter Yoga and sleep

What yoga can do for you

Yoga is a stress-buster, but it also helps with anxiety, depression, insomnia, back pain and other ills.