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DIY Candle Holders and Fire Safety Tips

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Jessica
12.19.11

Candles are a mainstay of the holiday season. Unfortunately, this leaves December with the highest percentage of candle-ignited residential fires (almost twice the monthly average)! Whether they’re in your menorah or decorating your dining room table, it’s important to be safe when playing with fire.

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An easy way to display candles, and keep the wax off your furniture, is to use an old funnel as a candleholder. Find antique funnels on Etsy for as low as $1.75, and then turn them upside down. You now have a unique, decorative candlestick.

Enjoy the flickering light by following these safety tips:

Don’t leave a lit candle. Unless you’re in the room, blow out your candles. It may not seem like a big deal, but 33% of house fires start from an unwatched candle!

Be aware of your candle placement. Unless you want a visit from your local fire department, keep candles away from drapes, bedding, carpet and flammable decorations. If you celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa and want to display your menorah or kinara in the window, first draw your drapes and curtains back and ensure they are secured away from the flame.

Keep candles high. Make sure your candles are out of reach for your small children or pets. Pay special attention to tables and mantles, and be sure the candle isn’t too close to the edge.

Use the right candleholder for your candle. Be sure it’s heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough for your candle. This means the candleholder catches the wax fall. If your candle is too large, that’s okay. Just trim the sides of it with a knife until it fits.

Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish a candle when two inches of candle remains.

Pay attention to your candles. If they aren’t burning properly, or the flame isn’t controlled, extinguish the flame. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for drafts before re-lighting. If it’s still burning oddly, simply move the candle.

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