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The burning of candles can add ambiance and beauty to your home or gathering, but can also be a fire hazard if not used properly. Here are some tips for safe candle burning.

-Never leave a burning candle unattended.
-Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
-Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

These additional candle burning tips are broken down into before, during and extinguishing phases.

Before Lighting:
-Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning.
-Always use a candle holder specifically designed for candle use.
-Burn candles in a well-ventilated area.
-Place the candle holder on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
-Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
-Avoid drafts, vents or air currents.

During Lighting:
-Never touch or move a burning candle.
-Do not burn a candle all the way down.
-Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly.
-Always keep the candle within your sight.
-Never use a candle as a night light.

When Extinguishing:
-Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle.
-Never use water to extinguish a candle.
-Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
-Do not touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.
-Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on burn time and proper use.

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How To Light Floating Candles

Floating candles make lovely centerpieces for a dinner party, a welcoming display on a bathroom counter or romantic lights for a pool, pond or bathtub. You can use floating candles anywhere you can find water to float them in. In order to enjoy the effect of floating candles you must first learn how to light the candles, which seems tricky because they are surrounded by water, but is actually very simple.

1. Gently place the floating candles in the body of water you want to float them in.

2. Touch the flame of the candle lighter to the wick of each candle one at a time.

If a floating candle gets wet and the flame goes out, try to relight the candle. Candle wicks are covered in wax, and therefore should relight even if damp as they don't absorb much if any water. If the candle won't relight, however, heat the wick with the candle lighter to dry the wick, then it should relight.