There’s no feeling quite like settling in at home with a good book, your favorite beverage and a burning candle. Inhale. Exhale. Be present. Moments like these are what life’s all about: enjoying the little pleasures that we encounter throughout the day. This mindset allows us to add peace into our daily routine.
Although lighting candles is a perfect way to romanticize your life, it is necessary to take the proper precautions when burning them. Here are some important safety notes to remember:
- Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to ¼ of an inch to allow for a clean burn and prevent mushrooming.
- Make sure that the candle vessel itself is clean of any soot from previous burns.
- A candle must be placed on a heat-resistant surface in a well-ventilated room with minimal draft.
- In order to get the most out of your candle, you have to let it burn until the entire surface has turned to liquid wax. This allows for an even burn each time, preventing tunneling.
- Do not move the candle once it has been lit. Moving is can cause hot liquid wax to spill over the sides.
- You should never leave a burning candle unattended.
- The safest way to extinguish a candle is with a snuffer, preventing the wax from splattering.
- Stop burning your candle when there is only ½ an inch of wax left, so that the glass vessel doesn’t overheat.