Decorating with Holiday Candles
BE SAFE when using candles. Never leave a lit candle unattended. Burn candles in appropriate candleholders and on stable, heat-resistant surfaces. Keep them away from anything flammable such as furniture, drapes, bedding, holiday decorations and so on. Avoid placing them in traffic patterns. Keep them safely out of reach of small children and pets.
BEFORE YOU ENTERTAIN, light and extinguish candles once. They will light more quickly later.
REFRIGERATE candles before use so they will burn more slowly and evenly. Wrap them in foil or plastic to keep wicks from moisture.
KEEP LIT candles out of drafts to prevent rapid, uneven burning and excessive dripping.
BLOW OUT a candle by holding your finger in front of the flame and blowing at your finger. The air flow around your finger will extinguish the candle from both sides, eliminating hot wax splattering. Or use a candlesnuffer. Do not use water. It splatters hot wax and can cause glass containers to break.
EXTINGUISH votive candles when a half-inch of wax remains. Put out pillar candles when the wax pool nears the outer edge.
BATTERY-POWERED CANDLES are a great alternative for any situation where you are concerned about open flames.