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Halloween Guide and Ideas
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Halloween CandlesIn general, candles are fairly safe products, but may become hazardous when used improperly or used in an unsafe manner.

National fire safety agencies report that the bulk of candle fire incidents in the United States are due to consumer inattention to basic fire safety or to the misuse of candles. Listed below are some great tips to help prevent candle related accidents.


Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep. Keep candles away from items that can catch fire such as clothing, books, paper, curtains, or flammable decorations. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, heaters, etc.

Use candle holders that are sturdy, won't tip over easily, are made from a material that can't burn and are large enough to collect dripping wax. Place candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface and do not use candles in places where they could be knocked over by children or pets.

Don't place lit candles in windows, where blinds and curtains can close over them. Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids.

Keep candle wicks trimmed to one-quarter inch and extinguish taper and pillar candles when they get to within two inches of the holder or decorative material. Votives and containers should be extinguished before the last half-inch of wax starts to melt. Using a candle snuffer to extinguish candles is safer than blowing them out or using your fingers.

Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Avoid billowing or long trailing features.

Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes. Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.

Halloween CandlesUse extreme caution when decorating with candles, and supervise children at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside Jack-O-Lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches and be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from all combustible items. Pumpkins can also be illuminated with small, inexpensive flashlights or glow sticks.

Never leave the lights or any lighted decorations plugged in when you leave the house. Be sure to check the batteries in your smoke detectors. Make sure that plugs plugged into outlets and/or extension cords are plugged in safely. Always have a fire extinguisher handy during the holidays.


Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle. A child should not sleep in a room with a lit candle. Keep candles up high out of reach of children. Don't allow children or teens to have candles in their bedrooms. Store candles, matches and lighters up high and out children's sight and reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.

Halloween CandlesInstruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothing catches fire. (Stop immediately, drop to the ground, covering your face with your hands, and roll over and over to extinguish flames.)

Instruct children who are attending parties at others' homes to locate the exits and plan how they would get out in an emergency. Provide children with lightweight flashlights to carry for lighting or as part of their costume.


Wax on Carpet
This procedure may cause stains, if in doubt call in a professional carpet cleaner. Let the wax harden, then break it up and remove as much wax as possible. Place paper towels over the waxed area, then apply a hot steam iron to wick the wax into the paper towels. Protect iron with tin foil. Repeat as needed. Check iron for wax residue before using for clothing again.

Removing wax from clothing
Let harden, then remove as much wax as possible. Pour boiling water through affected area. Repeat as necessary. Do not use carpet method on clothes as it could set the candle dye in the fabric. Wax on Clothing - may cause stains, if in doubt consult a cleaning professional.

The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has great information and tips for preventing home fires.


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