1. Always use good quality long burning candles. The danish brands are brilliant with some 9" pillar candles burning for 80 hours . Broste are one of my favourites. They come in lots of colours and have a gorgeous rustic texture. Irish made Rathborne church candles are brilliant too.
2. Never put candles on a wooden plate or worse still some candle hurricanes have a wooden base so watch out for that.
3. Always put candles on a fire proof surface, slate, glass, metal or even ceramic plates are great . Avoid plastic as it could melt and if sitting on a wooden cill or table it will catch fire.
4. Candle hurricanes are my all time favourite. From tiny little t light holders to large glass hurricanes the candles are so safe in them. I use them all the time. Not only do they contain the candle flame safely they also reflect the candle light giving a much better effect than a single naked flame. They also prevent the easiest of accidents ie clothes catching fire, or candles being knocked over.
5. If candlesticks are your preferred option always buy ones with a sturdy base, preferably aluminium, copper or glass for safety. Some of the wooden ones look great so watch out for the ones with a metal plate to receive the candle or at least make sure your candles are long burning and never let them burn down to the end.
6. Save some money by putting a long burning 8 hour t light in the hollow center of a used pillar candle.
Lots of long burning t-lights available in all the chain stores. These are generally safe as they are in their own foil holder.
Have you any more safety hints or tips for safe use of candles?
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