According to the U.S. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), candles are a leading source of residential fires in the United States with almost 10% of civilian injuries and 6% of fatalities. While Americans spend $3.2 billion on candles each year, many ignore that the most dangerous thing is to try to extinguish a candle, burning wax or burning oil with water for water is the biggest and fastest conductor of heat when in touch with wax or oil and will splash fire just everywhere causing materials and skin to instantly burn. SUS Global Enterprises assists our clients with your residential and corporate protection not only by placing sophisticated SMART and fire, smoke, and intrusion detection systems but also by providing fire watches and residential or corporate security guards 24/7/365. Stay safe—call us today at 800-835-3297 or contact us for a FREE quote.
Candle fire hates water.
A candle is used to provide light, heat, and fragrance. Made up of an ignitable wick embedded in a flammable solid substance such as beeswax, paraffin wax or tallow, it is usually kept in a candle holder and needs a heat source like a naked flame to start burning. While part of the wick melts evaporating a small amount of fuel, the other part is made to self-curve itself when in contact with oxygen and is consumed by the fire limiting the length of the wick, and thus—the height of the flame. While the fuel diminishes getting evaporated and ignited when combined with the oxygen flow to form a constant flame, the flame provides sufficient heat to keep the candle burning via a self-sustaining chain of events.
Candle fire hates water. Never use water to extinguish a candle or burning oil.
While the liquid wax temperature can cause skin burns and the glass candle-holders can crack by thermal shock from the candle flame, one can get distracted, imbalanced, forget about the candle or simply fell asleep, and ignore how inflammable objects become around a burning candle. Using candles in a bath or to sooth the atmosphere can lead you to use water without 2nd thoughts and thus, provoking terrible burns and life-threatening conditions or set the house on fire.
30 things to read before you light a candle
- Keep candles at least 1 foot (30 cms.) from anything that can burn and much further from combustible or easily inflammable materials.
- Use candle holders that are steady, heat-resistant, and large enough to hold drips of melted wax so that those won’t fall down, crack or overheat.
- Place the candle holder on steady and heat-resistant surfaces.
- Before lighting, trim the wick to ¼ inch to prevent uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
- Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
- Light candles with extreme care and use long matches or a long-reach lighter.
- Always protect your hairs, loose clothing, eyes, and face from the flame.
- To extinguish a candle, you can blow it out, drench the wick in the wax or use a candle snuffer. Make sure you don’t blow the flame or hot wax onto the closest object and don’t hover directly over the candle, or the heat rising from the flame may burn you. Also, to avoid splashed wax burns, use a candle snuffer instead of blowing on the flame.
- Always maintain a reasonable distance after blowing a candle out not inhale the released smoke or the residuals that are toxic for your lungs.
- When burning candles in glass holders or jars, avoid cracked containers.
- Never burn a candle entirely and put it out before it gets too close to the container or stops using it once 2 inches in the open air or 1/2 inch in a container or less of wax remains.
- Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another.
- Don’t use old candles without knowing the metal used for the wick since before the 1970s sometimes lead was used and it can evaporate provoking health hazards.
- Extinguish all candles when you leave a room, go to sleep or risk falling asleep.
- Never use a candle in windy areas or where random oxygen flow may occur.
- Use candles ONLY in ventilated rooms where there is enough oxygen.
- Never extinguish or splash water on a burning candle since with the wax, the flames will burst and get transmitted throughout the air causing everything to burn.
- Never leave kids to play with candles, a kid alone in a room with a burning candle or candles within the reach of kids.
- Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children’s reach, in a locked cabinet.
- Use whenever possible flameless candles.
- Places of worship should be equipped with fire detection and sprinkler system.
- A residential or frequented building should have smoke alarms on every level, outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom.
- For the best protection, interconnect the alarms, so when one sounds, they all sound. Test all smoke alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. Replace smoke alarms when they are 5 or 10 years old.
- Plan and practice a home fire escape drill that includes two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place.
- Never touch, move or pass to another person a burning candle.
- Never move a container when the wax is liquefied.
- Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly.
- Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
- Don’t touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.
- Don’t use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder.
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