A wick snuffer is a great fire safety accessory.

A wick snuffer is a great fire safety accessory.

Now that we are beginning to get deep into fall you may find yourself lighting and using candles more often, which is great because we have an amazing selection to choose from. With candle lighting comes great responsibility, though. This Friday, October 9th is Fire Safety Day so we wanted to take the time to share a few fire safety tips to keep you and your family safe.

Candle and Fire Safety Rules from the National Candle Association

  • Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Be sure the candle-holder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow nearby lightweight items into the flame where they could catch fire.
  • Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don’t burn too many candles in a small room or in a “tight” home where air exchange is limited.
  • Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.
  • Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.
  • Use a snuffer or wick dipper to extinguish a candle. They are the safest ways to prevent hot wax splatters.
  • Never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break.
  • Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure.
  • Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers or the flame becomes too high.  These indicate the candle isn’t burning properly. Cool the candle, trim the wick and check for drafts before relighting.
  • Never use a candle as a night light.

Whether you’re lighting a candle in your living room or putting a small one in a jack-o-lantern for Halloween, you can never be too safe. More information about fire safety and candles can be found at www.Candles.org. Keep fire safety in mind while you enjoy our amazing scents, colors and even Candles Just For Guys®.

About Madison Valley Candles:

In 2004 Madison Valley Candle Company began hand mixing and pouring candles in the garage of our founders’ home. For the next 5 years he continued to perfect our proprietary blend our all-natural 100% premium soy waxes and essential oils that are USDA certified organic, kosher and vegan. Over the years customers have fallen in love with the all-natural Soy Candles and amazing gift products. For more information please visitwww.MadisonValleyCandle.com.