Candle Making Safety Tips
Safety is a big issue in everyone’s day-to-day life. There is so much to look out for, even just going for a walk. We grow accustomed to being vigilant for anything that may cause some harm to ourselves. Candle-making is something we do, in which we need to be far more vigilant than we might be on a normal day. I see some mention about safety when candle making, and I want to draw more attention to this topic.
By their very composition, there is potential for an accidental fire or for someone to get burnt. We derive the oil used for making candles from a few different materials. Some of these materials are animal, some vegetables, and the majority, derived from petroleum.
Paraffin wax is an unwanted by-product of oil refining while making gasoline. When you plan to make candles, before anything, you need a chemical fire extinguisher. You should buy an ABC fire extinguisher. The alphabetic letter ABC indicates it will extinguish many flammable materials.
If you are planning this for your home, you will need to find an area to use as your candle-making workshop. This workshop should be suitable for other purposes too. Locate your fire extinguisher to be readily accessible in case of emergency. Organize this area well. Keep flammable and dangerous materials that could work as an additional fuel source away from here.
This may not be possible, and many people will probably use their kitchen for a workshop. We equipped it with a stove, sink, and running water. You will most likely have a table that you can use as your workbench. It would be best to have your workbench and molds conveniently located for quick access to pour the molten wax before it cools. Wax that has cooled too much can present problems in your finished candles.
Candle making is a great hobby, and your children will be very interested in everything you do while you are making your candles. It will be advisable to have your older children start at the same time you do. This way, the whole family will observe and learn all aspects of candle making.
In the beginning, everyone in the family who is taking part in the candle-making should focus on learning about fire safety and fire prevention. Now take particular notice of your candle-making procedures and anything you might improve the fire safety aspects, then proceed with confidence.
Safety Precautions While Burning Candles
• Practices you might know and that the children may not realize are what you need to go over.
• When burning candles, keep them away from materials that can catch fire.
• You will need to keep the candles away from curtains and linens.
• If you are entertaining, make sure the candles are located where they cannot ignite someone’s costume.
• We should never leave candles burning in a room that is unoccupied for any length of time.
• Your pet could easily knock a candle onto the floor, or some other flammable area, causing a house fire.
Another area of concern is the design and manufacture of candles with several wicks that are all lit may merge and produce a big flame. This flame could burn with such intensity and heat that it may be possible for nearby objects like a sofa or curtains to ignite spontaneously.
Decorations and Candles
Decorated candles are much appreciated and adored, and they can contain other items like paper, tree bark, and ribbons. If these items catch fire, they might well increase the risk of a fire. Be on the watch for wicks containing lead or possibly other metals that, when burned, emit harmful particles into the atmosphere of your home.
Something else very dangerous, and potentially lethal is the fuel that is used for liquid candles. Children have had to have been poisoned by drinking the fuel from the candle. Despite these concerns, the craft is easy to learn and can be very relaxing. When you start there is a lot to take in, but soon your techniques and procedures will be ingrained as safe habits you will do naturally.
Although candle-making has its dangers because of the need to handle hot melted wax, we can easily avoid most of the problems mentioned above if we are aware of the dangers, of hot wax and use common sense when making candles. If you have the right equipment and are prepared and consider the above candle-making tips, your plans will be carried out smoothly, and we will avoid serious problems.
You can have a lot of fun making candles. Relaxing in the evening with the lights low, and some soft music playing with one of your beautiful scented candles, burning will sense relaxation and amazement.