Candle Care

By Lexi Myer

I am a sucker for a good candle. I love going down the aisles of my favorite stores smelling the new scents to find the perfect one for my home. The problem with my love of candles is that I have two young children and a dog that loves to run around and cause a little bit of chaos in my home. We have to make sure that we are careful when burning candles in our home, so that we do not end up with something terrible happening.

Candle Care GraphicHere are some candle safety tips from http://candles.org/fire-safety-candles/candle-safety-rules/ that I find helpful:

  • Be sure that the candle is out of reach from pets and children. Our candles are always lit and on either a mantle, the middle of a table that the kids cannot reach, or on the stove. If you have a cat that can easily jump onto furniture, you will have to be extra cautious on where you place it.
  • Never leave a candle unattended. It is best to keep them in common areas where someone will always be so it doesn’t fall over or catch onto something flammable.
  • Keep lit candles away from anything flammable like curtains, books, furniture, etc.
  • Be sure the candle-holder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if in a container.
  • Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.
  • Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high.  The candle isn’t burning properly. Cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before relighting.

What is your favorite candle?  Let me know and stay safe when burning your candles.


Lexi MyerAbout Lexi

St. Louis Cardinals fan, Mom of one daughter and one son, and Insurance Agent!
Direct Phone – 913-754-3836
lmyer@maxinsurance.com

Lexi started at MAX in June of 2016, and has 3 years of experience in the insurance industry. Lexi enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and Chihuahua/Beagle mix Ted. Lexi and her family are big St. Louis Cardinals baseball fans and travel to see them whenever they can. She also works with students of the University of Kansas (KU) as her husband is a campus pastor there.