| It's no big surprise that candles are as popular as they are; they cast a flattering glow and caninstantly change the mood and feel of a room. While candles do set the mood,you must never forget that they also leave an open fire. The National Fire Protection Associationreported that fires started by unattended candles are at their highest levels in years and caused1,202 injuries and 156 deaths in 1997 alone.|
So what makes them so dangerous, besides the open flame you ask? Well, most candles are a tallerthan they are wide which makes them susceptible to falling over. They are also often placed near bedding, curtains, or other flammable objects. If pieces of the burning wick break off the candle, they often hit this material, and well, the rest is history.
Here are some tips to prevent candle disasters:
|·||Burn candles at least 1 foot away from anything flammable.|
|·||Always trim the wick to 1/4 in. before lighting.|
|·||Place lit candles on noncombustible surfaces such as a ceramic saucer or plate with a wide edge to catch melting wax. Do not use thin glass holders, which can shatter in extreme heat.|
|·||If you insist on burning candles during sex, keep them away from flammable objects such as bedding and mattresses. Try placing the candle in front of a mirror to increase ambience.|
|·||Never burn candles near a window or in a draft where the wind can blow them over or send sparks flying. Avoid spraying aerosols near an open flame.|
|·||Do not purchase candles that have dried flowers or potpourri embedded in the wax or display candles in a centerpiece with foliage, as they are all flammable materials.|
|·||Never leave the room with a candle burning, and always blow it out as soon as you start feeling sleepy.|
|·||Refrigerate candles for a few hours-- they'll burn more slowly and evenly.|
|·||Nix most dripping by mixing two tbsp salt with enough water to cover the candle, then let it soak two to three hours. Rinser well and dry for a day before burning.|
|·||When lighting more than one candle at a time, use a long wooden skewer instead of burning through a whole pack of matches.|
|·||No candle snuffer? Hold your forefinger between your mouth and the flame as if you're about to say "Shh." As you blow out the candle, air will circle around your finger and hit the flame from both sides, which will allow you to avoid a sprayed way disaster.|
Why take the chance and cause yourself the heartache of disaster by being irresponsible? Follow theseeasy tips and you shouldn't have any problems, and you can still keep the ambience that a candle canprovide.