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Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Candle Safety

Candle Safety Cover Ok folks, I've heard a lot of interesting stories about candles. Let's face it, candles can be dangerous. We require them in our magickal lives, and this means that we need to take adequate precautions with them. Ok, I know a lot of you are saying "Wow, this stuff is for kids, I don't need to read this". It's not, and you should. Adults get careless. I've seen houses burned down, bad burn scars, and the list goes on...

This is by no means a complete course on fire safety, and should not be your only information on dealing with fire. I highly recommend that you talk with your local fire department about a fire safety course, especially if you have open flames in the home (Gas stove, candles, fireplace, etc.).

They told you so...
Almost all candles have a warning label or two on them. Read these labels! These labels are there because the candle companies don't want to get sued (some are may be required by law). Some candles have special burning limitations (usually a period of time). These are important! If they are not followed, the candle can get too hot, and the wax may not behave as desired. Novelty candles may have other limitations as well because of their shape or the type of wax used. Read the labels!

General candle safety tips

1. Never leave a burning candle unattended
2. Never place a burning candle near something that can catch fire
3. Keep burning candles out of the reach of children or pets
4. Keep candles away from drafts and vents
5. Trim wicks to 1/4" prior to each use
6. Normally don't burn candles more than four hours at a time
7. Extinguish taper or pillar candles when they get within 2" of their holders
8. Always use containers that have been made for candle usage
9. Discontinue use of a container candle when 1/2" of wax remains
10. Keep matches, wick trimmings and foreign objects out of the candle wax

Free eBooks (Can Be Downloaded):

Tuesday Lobsang Rampa - Tibetan Sage
Carl Gustav Jung - On Life After Death
Frater Achad - Chalice Of Ecstasy
Thomas Moore - Candle Magick For Love
Tuesday Lobsang Rampa - Candlelight