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​​​​​Candle Safety

candle close to curtainCandles are responsible for hundreds of fires in Canada every year​​.

​To minimize the risk of fire when burning candles in the home, the following steps should be followed: 
  • Cho​ose the right candles and follow the manufacturer's instructions:
    • ​Buy good quality candles that are smoke- and drip-free. Cheap candles are more likely to contain harmful materials.
    • Avoid candles with multiple wicks close together​. 
    • Avoid candles with decorations attached or embedded.
    • Liquid paraffin candle fuel can be toxic - keep it stored safely away from children and pets.
  • Choose the right holders:
    • Use sturdy holders that ​will not tip over​
    • Avoid wood and plastic candle holders, as they can catch fire.​
    • Glass hurricanes are a good idea, but choose quality holders intended for the type and size of candle you are using. Improperly used, glass holders can overheat and break.
  •  Prepare wisely:
    • Before lighting the candle, trim the wick to a height of ​5 mm. Trim wicks every 2 hours. 
    • Put candles on a sturdy surface away from combustible materials and out of the reach of pets and children.
    • Teach children to be careful around candles
  •  Don't take chances: 
    • Do not leave candles burning when no one is in the room.
    • Blow out all candles before you go to sleep.
​​​When you go out, blow out!​