Materials most easily ignited by candles are:Mattresses and bedding Cabinetry Curtains and Drapes Interior Wall Coverings Upholstered Furniture Event Decorations Clothing Magazines Newspapers and Writing Paper Rugs and other Floor Coverings Towels
Beware of Lead Wicks
The Journal of the
American Medical Association
suggests that families exposed to
candles with metallic wicks should
have their blood-lead levels
particularly vulnerable to lead
poisoning. Chronic low-level
exposure can produce permanent neuro-psychological
defects and behavior disorders,
including low IQ, short attention
span, hyperactive behavior and motor
difficulties. As for adults, early
signs of poisoning include
gastrointestinal problems, muscle
pains and weakness, irritability,
excessive thirst, headache,
insomnia, depression and lethargy.
People with asthma or lung or heart
diseases are especially susceptible
because even small amounts of lead
particles can aggravate their
Candles are enjoyable, calming and fragrant, but don't ever forget that when you burn them, you are dealing with fire. Always take proper precautions to prevent your enjoyable experience from turning into a disaster.
The number of home fires started by candles has increased dramatically in the last ten years. According to the National Fire Prevention Association the number of fires caused by candles in homes throughout the country increased from 5,460 in 1990 to 11,600 in 1997 - the most recent year for which data are available. Ironically this increase occurred during a period in which home fires in general are on the decline. U. S. consumers spent over $2.3 billion on candles during the year 2000. Since the candle-making industry has grown (and continues to grow) at a rate of about 10 to 15% annually, opportunities for home fires will increase even further unless consumers become more aware of the potential for danger that candles pose if they are not used in accordance with established safety procedures.
Most of these candle-caused fires started when lit candles were left unattended, or because some form of combustible material was left too close to the candle, or because children were playing with the candles or something flammable near the candles. Five percent of home candle fires started when the occupant fell asleep while the candle was burning. Almost half of all candle fires start in the bedroom.
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The Clay Fire Territory offers the following advice for using candles safely:
Don't get a
sense of false security because you bought jar candles.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety commissioner has issued
a number of recalls of candles and candle-related
products. The flames on some candles could shoot up
seven inches or more and in some cases, candle holders
or containers can overheat, shatter or catch on fire.
An estimated 3% of candle fires started when their
holders, usually glass, broke.
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