Candles; 3 Essential Safety Tips

Candles have become something that everyone seems to have in their household, especially during festive and holiday periods. They are a fantastic addition to any home; their scent and relaxed lighting set the perfect tone for any occasion. Yankee Candles have some of the best options on the market right now!

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Of course we all know about candles but we must never forget that we must always exercise caution when using them. Candles are brilliant, I for one love them, so follow these must do safety tips to make sure everything goes to plan the next time you want to set the perfect mood in your home.

Trim the wick

This is such a simple thing to do and the best part is that it only takes a few moments! When you trim the wick of your candle it will change how the flame will burn. The idea is to get s relatively short length of wick, this is because the flame will be under control and also extremely steady. If you light a candle that has a long wick then the flame increase in size and you will notice that it flickers uncontrollably. If you have a long wick the chances of it catching on to a nearby decoration or cloth is increased. The ideal length for your wick should always be around about a quarter of an inch.

Move decorations away

Of course, if you have your candles perfectly positioned in between your beautiful decorations it does look beautiful and illuminates your decorative pieces – this is however an accident waiting to happen/ You need to move decorations to a safe distance where the flame has no chance of reaching them, this includes all decorations! If a small draft comes in to the room the direction of the flame can change in an instant and set a light to the surrounding decorations. So put your candles in a safe place, out of areas where a draft might come in and always out of the reach of your kids and pets.

Keep an eye on them

Once you have lit your candle don’t instantly forget about it, you should pay attention to it. If you can, sit there and watch whilst it burns for a minute or two to make sure that it is burning correctly. Then come back to it every now and then to make sure that everything is in order. Try to avoid burning candles in rooms that are not always occupied such as bedrooms and bathrooms, this is because you will not know there is a problem until it is too late. As a rule of thumb – if you cannot directly see the candle them don’t light it up.