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- Starting Campfire with Candle Wax
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- Prevent House Fires That Start From Candles
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Fire Safety & CandlesHard to believe another year is coming to an end. For some reason I seem to recall with clarity writing the closing Enlightener every year, but the remainder of the year seems to be a blur. I think the problem is that here at Candlewic, we have so much fun helping all of our friends and customers grow their candle businesses that the time just flies by. For many of us who have not set foot in a classroom other than for parent-teacher conferences for many years, much of our learning comes from online sources or through trial and error. The resources we have available online can certainly save you time and money and help you get a head start on the learning process. By now, all levels of school are well into the semester, so we're a bit behind in starting class. Don't worry. There's still plenty of time to be ready for this year's final exam, which is always graded by how well your business does during the holiday season. In our October issue, we're going to focus our studies on the science of candle making. With these basics under your belt, you should be able to make a better candle. Although every component of candle making does have a great deal of science behind it, the good news is that just having a basic understanding can help. January We hope all of our friends had a safe and happy holiday season. From most reports, it seems as if most retailers and online companies were pleased with their holiday sales. At Candlewic, we're excited for and look forward to building off of the momentum many had in and to continuing to offer new and exciting products to our customers. The start of a new year always gets people excited to begin new projects, stick to their New Year's resolutions and build on what they may have already started. If you're a new reader, we're hoping that your New Year's resolution was to make high-quality candles. If you've just started researching candle making, you've probably found that it can be overwhelming at times. In this issue, we're going to take an unconventional approach and highlight some things you should NEVER do when making candles, if you plan to make the best candles possible. Some of these bad practices can lead to making a dangerous candle, whereas others will result in not making the best candle possible. Some of the information we're going to cover may seem like common sense if you have some experience making candles but to first timers it is not or they have not come across our site yet. Do Not Use Crayons to Dye Candles One of the first issues you may discover with DIY candle-making sites is that the site may tell you that it's possible to use crayons to dye your candles. Although this practice likely will not make a candle unsafe, it will result in a candle that will not burn very effectively. Crayons generally are colored using pigment dyes that have very small particulates. When used in a candle, they often will clog the wick and not allow the candle to burn properly. In most instances, as the candle burns, more of these particulates will clog the wick, ultimately drowning out the flame. When making a candle, there are more than different kinds of wicks to choose from. The manufacturer of the original candle likely chose the right wick for the wax he or she used based on the melting point of the wax, how much fragrance and color he or she added, as well as the diameter of the original candle. By blending the remnants of various candles, you will not know these key factors, causing you to guess what type of wick to use. If the wick is too large for the application, it will burn too hot and create a potential safety issue. It it's too small, it will burn a smaller circumference of the wax.
Starting Campfire with Candle Wax
Convenience and Personal Service of an Independent Agent. Sure, fragrant candles smell nice and create ambiance, but an unattended candle can be a disaster waiting to happen. Mike Rugh, a Pennsylvania state police fire marshal, said the top three causes of house fires are — in no paiiicular order. In most cases, house fires caused by candles are the result of carelessness. Sometimes, Rugh said, fires are caused by the fact that many people believe candles are safe. However, as the wax bums off, the wick can get close to the glass, heating it up. That can then cause the glass to fail and explode, allowing the flaming wick to set off a much larger blaze. Candles set in a tin container can also be dangerous, he added. As the candle bums down, it heats up the tin. Always place candle on a heat resistant holder. When the candle bums down to the bottom of the container there could be enough heat to damage the furniture on which the candle is sitting. Keep the flame from getting too close to the container. The heat from the flame could cause the container to crack. Handle burning container candles with care. The melted wax and flame can cause the containers to be too hot to handle. Glass containers are particularly fragile and heat concentrated in one area could cause the glass to break. Special care should be taken to protect surface and surrounding areas from hot broken glass and melted wax. On Sunday, a house fire in Shippensburg was blamed on a jar candle that failed. Heat from the flame affected the glass, causing it break. That in tum sent the flaming wick into nearby items, catching them on fire.
can you leave a candle burning all night?
Prevent House Fires That Start From Candles
House fires are a serious danger and homeowners are wise to protect themselves from the most common causes. To avoid some of the usual fire starters, make sure to maintain heating equipment, electrical wires and appliances, be careful with candles and decorations, and it's best to avoid smoking indoors. If all else fails, homeowners insurance can help with damage control. No matter what steps are taken, fires are unpredictable and there are some truly bizarre ways they can begin. Jars and other glass objects Just recently, a house fire in London was sparked by a Nutella jar. According to a story from The Associated Press, the investigator believed the fire was started by sunlight being refracted by the empty jarwhich had been left on the window sill. The beam of light then ignited the curtains and started the blaze. Sunlight through glass has been found to be the cause of fires in a few other cases. House fires have been started by glass wind chimes, translucent door handles and a crystal ball according to the BBC. Glass is still an unlikely source of house fires as the shape of the glass and the angle at which the sun hits has to be very precise to get hot enough to start a blaze. If a person is choosing crystal ornaments for their home decor it might be a good idea to place them somewhere in the shade. Pyrolysis Pyrolysis is a chemical reaction brought on by heat over a period of time. It causes objects to break down and become combustible. A common piece of wood, for example, might have a very high combustion temperature but given enough time pressed against a heating source and the combustion temperature could lower to the point where the lumber would be able to self-ignite. This is not as uncommon a cause of fire as others on the list; the problem is that it is often overlooked. As stated, pyrolysis can take time, and people will often ignore the danger because they believe their heating equipment has always worked fine in the past and they don't see any present danger. In order to avoid pyrolysis, homeowners should make sure their heating equipment is properly installed and is kept a safe distance away from furniture, unprotected walls and any other surrounding materials. Dishwashers One of the most common causes of house fires are appliances. Homeowners are likely familiar with the possible dangers of ovens and dryers, but are they aware of the risk posed by their dishwasher? According to the U. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there about fires each year caused by faulty dishwashers. A dishwasher doesn't seem like a fire hazard but it does generate heat, and it is a mixture of electrical engineering and fluid dynamics. Most dishwasher fires are caused by liquid dripping out of its proper compartment and coating the machine's wires. Just like any appliance, a homeowner should make sure it it is operating correctly. Check consumer reports and do not leave the machine running when leaving the house. Batteries Inthe television show "Inside Edition" did a program about the possible fire dangers of 9-volt batteries. After the special aired, many non-verified claims about the frequency of battery-ignited fires started spreading around the Internet. While there have been cases where improperly storing or disposing of 9-volt batteries have started fires, they are few and far between. For a 9-volt to start a flame it has to be stored or thrown out next to a piece of metal that can connect the positive and negative posts and induce a small spark. If the batteries and metal are next to tissue, steel wool or some other easily flammable material, they could start a fire. All of these necessary factors are what make this cause so rare. A homeowner just needs to take simple, basic steps when storing or disposing of these batteries. Keeping 9-volts in packaging, storing them away from metals and placing a piece of tape across the top are all smart practices. Animals When an insurance claim states a fire was caused by an act of nature, it is usually referring to a lightning strike, rarely referring to a pigeon dropping a cigarette down a chimney. The Metro newspaper reported one such avian arsonist last year. To avoid creature-caused fires, a homeowner needs to take the usual preventive measures against home pests. Put out traps so rats and mice don't chew through electrical wires, cover trash cans so as not to attract larger, more destructive animals and keep an eye on pets who can cause trouble in the kitchen. The best advice when it comes to home fires is to be vigilant and prepared in case the worst happens.