Candles are a beautiful way to decorate your home, and they also play an important part in the observance of several winter holidays. For example, they represent the eight nights of Hanukkah, the seven principles of Kwanzaa and the four weeks of Advent before Christmas.
However, candles can also be dangerous, and accidental candle fires increase fourfold during the holiday season. Follow these candle safety tips in your home to reduce the risk of fire.
- Trim candle wicks to ¼ inch before use. Long wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
- Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. For added safety, put a hurricane lamp around the flame.
- Always keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
- Place candles where they will not be knocked down or blown over and keep them well away from drapes and blinds.
- Never put lighted candles on or within three feet of a Christmas tree or other greenery.
- Don’t leave candles burning unattended or allow them to burn overnight.
- Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Stop using it when only two inches of wax remain.
- If you have children living in or visiting your home, store candles, matches and lighters out of their sight and reach (preferably locked away).
Taking these key precautions when you burn candles will ensure a safer and happier holiday for your family and guests.