Enjoy the aroma of scented candles without compromising your health and safety! By Dawn Chen
Hooray, tis’ the season for cinnamon-scented candles! We know you love them (according to the National Candle Association in the US, manufacturer surveys show that 90 per cent of all candles are purchased by women), but here are a few things to note before lighting up. Follow these tips from the association and Yankee Candles to make sure you stay safe while enjoying the lovely scents this Christmas.
1. Never leave candles burning unattended
This may seem obvious, but it also means you shouldn’t go to bed without snuffing out your candle first. It might be tempting to let your candle burn through the night, but make sure the wick ember has stopped glowing completely before you go to sleep.
2. Burn candles in well-ventilated rooms.
Don’t burn your candle in an enclosed room where air circulation is limited.
3. Never extinguish the flame with water.
This can cause the hot wax to spill out, and might cause glass containers to break. It’s safest to use a candle snuffer, or quickly blow it out.
4. Don’t burn a candle all the way down.
For standing candles, once there’s about only 5cm of wax left, snuff it out. For candles in containers, blow it out once the flame gets too closer to the container, or when there’s about 1cm of wax left.
5. Don’t burn a candle near anything that can catch fire.
Keep the flame away from any fabric, books, furniture etc. as a draft might cause the candle to burn unevenly, or may blow lightweight items towards your candle.
6. Trim your wicks.
Make sure candlewicks are around 0.5cm each time before burning. If they’re too long, the candle might burn unevenly, or may drip more wax.
7. Watch your flame.
If a candle starts smoking, flickers or has a flame that suddenly becomes too high, extinguish it. These are signs that your candle isn’t burning properly. Let it cool, trim the wick and check for drafts before relighting it.