Candle Safety

| 9/23/2014 11:33:00 AM

Acorn and ThistleIn my opinion, nothing helps keep the impending chill and darkness of the cooler months away quite like candles do. Walk through any room in my house and you’re bound to find at least one, if not three or more. While we don’t depend on them for light (unless a storm has knocked out our power, of course), I find the warm, orange glow particularly comforting and use them often.

We’ve all seen the warnings on candle packaging: Never burn unattended. Keep away from flammable objects. Every year, I see stories on the news about people who have suffered loss due to one of those “unattended” candles. Personally, I’ve always sort of scratched my head at those stories; I never burn a candle when I’m not home, nor do I burn them on or near a flammable surface, so part of me chalked those accidents up to some major carelessness.

As the saying goes, “Maybe so, or maybe no…” but I wanted to share with you an experience I had recently that could have gone terribly wrong:


This is a mess. It used to be a rather pretty, cornflower blue, highly fragranced candle in a clear glass jar. Now, it's a weird off-greenish color, caked with creosote, and has a rather stinky burnt-flower odor.

Here's the scoop: Last week, we had a few friends over. As I have done countless times before, I lit a few candles before everyone arrived – some on our brick fireplace mantle and one in the guest bathroom, on the tile countertop. As always, I made sure there was nothing close to the candle, and I walked away.

9/24/2014 4:09:19 PM

Laura, I never leave a burning candle unattended for more than a few seconds. I haven't heard of the actual wax burning before. That's a new one for me. I will leave them unattended for short times when they are outside on my concrete block wall away from the house. I did have one candle in a jar pop a spark out of the jar when I lit it. I've never trusted that one even for a second since that happened. Safety is always a good thing to be reminded of. ***** Have a great candle safety day.

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