When you light candles at holiday times, write down the number of candles lit and inform someone where the piece of paper is that has the candle information on it.
At the end of the evening of entertaining when you are extinguishing the candles, you can be assured that all candles are extinguished by the list that you made of the number of candles lit. Children love to count the candles lit; this would be a good project for a child (age 10-12) or older.
By WandaJo from Tennessee
Editor's Note: Great idea Wanda! It would be a good idea to give the kids or whoever puts the candles out, a candle snuffer so they don't blow wax all over.
Last Christmas we had a candle that didn't get snuffed out at the end of the day and it melted down and caught the plastic poinsettia ring on fire! My husband threw it into the sink and doused the flame, but the house had already filled with black, acrid smoke! I now only use the little candles in their own metal holder, they burn out before they catch anything on fire.
never leave a candle burning unattended, especially if you have pets or small children
do not place burning candles near flammable objects
burn in a draft-free environment
""There's no such thing as a perfectly safe candle," says Jim Shannon of the National Fire Prevention Association. "The most recent statistics we have, for one year: about 190 people killed from candle fires in the United States, and almost 1,500 injured."
Those statistics also show that, in one year alone, the number of candle fires rose 15 percent, and nearly 5 percent of home fires were started by candles. Compare that to the early '80s, when only around 1 percent of house fires were caused by candles.
All experts interviewed said the most important rule of candle safety is: Do not leave a burning candle unattended.
Egorsky said she was amazed by how fast their fire spread, so even walking away from a candle for a minute could have devastating results. "
ON CHRISTMAS EVE THIS YEAR, I HAD 4 CANDLES BURNING IN THE LIVING ROOM AREA AND 1 IN THE BATHROOM AREA; I WROTE THE NUMBER DOWN AND THE SNUFFER WAS HANDY AT THE END OF THE NIGHT TO EXTINGUISH THEM. I DO USE GLASS VOTIVE CANDLEHOLDERS OR LARGE GLASS PILLAR CANDLE HOLDERS FOR CANDLES; I USE TAPERS ONLY ON THE DINING ROOM TABLE SO THEY WILL NOT BE CLOSE TO FLAMMABLE MATERIALS.
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