Candle fires are on the rise, so be careful.

How To Burn Candles Safely

January 20th, 2017 by

Candle fires are on the rise, so be careful.

What's a relaxing night in without candles? Sometimes, all you need is some wine and mood lighting to unwind at the end of the day. Just don't forget about basic candle safety.

The Canada Safety Council warns that candle fires are on the rise in the country. This doesn't necessarily mean that you shouldn't light them at all, but you should be more aware of risk factors that can increase the odds of a fire in your home.

Here are some tips to keep in mind the next time you light some candles:

  • Keep away from anything flammable. The Canada Safety Council claims that most candle fires start in the bedroom, as a result of people falling asleep with them still lit. The candles then tend to ignite drapes, mattresses or other flammable items commonly found in the bedroom. Whenever you light a candle, it's important to stay awake the whole time, and to keep the surrounding area clear of anything that can easily ignite.
  • Make sure your surfaces are stable. When candles fall over, sometimes the force of the fall puts them out – but not always. To avoid setting your carpet on fire, be sure that the table you place the candle on is stable. This is especially true if you have small children or pets.
  • Be mindful of the different types of candles out there. Some candles have multiple wicks, allowing them to create larger, flames. In addition, some candles holders are decorated with potentially flammable materials, such as paper. Think twice before buying candles that might be more dangerous than others.

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