Like any fire, burning votive candles needs to be done with care to avoid potential hazards. Here are some tips for safely burning votive candles:
• Always burn votive candles in a snug fitting candle holder—never place on a plate or other flat surface because votives will liquefy completely.
• Before lighting the candle check for hairline fractures or cracks in the candle holder. Never burn a candle in a damaged holder. • Before burning votive candles, place a drop or two of water in the bottom of the candle holder. This should make releasing any left over wax from the bottom of the holder much easier.
• Keep candles out of the reach of children. Be sure to burn candles on a high shelf and keep unlit candles and matches stored away from children as well.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|