In general candles are fairly safe products, but may become hazardous when used improperly or used in an unsafe manner. And when it comes to Halloween, a lot of candles are used. So to ensure safety during this season we’ll be discussing general safety tips in this article.
I’ll just list a couple of safety tips that will be very helpful in making this a hazard-free season.
1. Use candle holders
Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t fall over easily, are made from a material that can’t burn and are large enough to collect dripping wax. Place candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface and do not use candles in places where they could be knocked over by children or pets.
2. Extinguish all flames
Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep. Keep candles away from items that can catch fire such as clothing, books, paper, curtains, or flammable decorations. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, heaters, etc.
3. Turn off all electrical gadgets
Never leave the lights or any lighted decorations plugged in when you leave the house. Be sure to check the batteries in your smoke detectors. Make sure that plugs plugged into outlets and/or extension cords are plugged in safely. Always have a fire extinguisher handy during the holidays.
4. Keep the wicks trimmed
Keep candle wicks trimmed to one-quarter inch and extinguish taper and pillar candles when they get to within two inches of the holder or decorative material. Votives and containers should be extinguished before the last half-inch of wax starts to melt. Using a candle snuffer to extinguish candles is safer than blowing them out or using your fingers.
5. Have clear exit routes
Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes. Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
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