Additional Craft Information:
When used incorrectly, scented candles can be a serious fire hazard. Though they are excellent decorative and aromatic features, there are some fragranced candles that increase fire risks.
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You can reduce your health and safety risks when burning wholesale candles by being informed about the basic rules around fire safety.
Most candle fires are the result of human error. Common mistakes include leaving candles unattended, falling asleep, or leaving the house with candles still burning.
1. Leaving candles burning with no one in the room, falling asleep or leaving the house with candles burning
2. Putting burning candles too close to things that can catch fire such as mattresses, bedding, curtains, or furniture
3. Leaving burning luxury scented candles in easy reach of children
Candles are responsible for a large amount of fires, causing property damage and injury, commonly during holidays and special occasions.
Although 90 per cent of candle fires are caused by the above human errors in some cases the candle itself can also increase the fire risk.
Lighting a decorative candle with multiple wicks is one example of this. Using more than one wick at the same time will produce a single high flame, or many large flames close together.
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Intense heat can ignite nearby materials, such as curtains. Multi-wick candles melt much more quickly, leaving a pool of hot wax, causing burns. Certain materials used with candles cause fires. Decorations made from paper, ribbons, tree bark, or other non-wax coatings are highly flammable and increase the risk of fires and burns.
Metallic cores at the end of wicks may contain lead. These produce both lead vapours and dust, which can be harmful to children and pregnant mothers.
Check whether your fragranced candle wick contains lead by removing wax from wick's end, separating fibre strands from the metal core, and rubbing it on a piece of white paper. If it leaves a grey mark on the paper, it is probably made of lead.
Ensuring you follow some safety rules which will protect against potential accidents.
1. Check the printed instructions.
2. Trim the wick to roughly 5-7 mm before lighting the luxury scented candle and trim again every few hours to protect against high flames.
3. Avoid wholesale candles with multiple wicks that seem close together.
4. Always use fully ventilated, sturdy and well balanced decorative candles. Wooden and are not the best option since these can catch fire. Be vigilant with glass candle since they can break when they get hot.
5. Objects that can catch fire should be kept well away from handmade candles.
6. Keep them out of reach from children and pets.
7. Never leave candles unattended.
8. Put out all candles before going to sleep.
9. Avoid handmade candles containing lead – ask the retailer.
10. Teach your children to be careful around open flames. Make sure they understand that candles are not toys, or something they can eat or drink.