Fall is finally here, which means exciting fall leaves and pumpkin spice aroma candles in the air. While candles make an excellent addition to your home’s decor and scent, homeowners should be aware of important candle safety tips before lighting candles. When burning a candle in a home with an HVAC system, take these expert times from John A. Kinkaid into consideration!
Placement of Your Candles
The placement of your candles throughout your home is more important than you’d think! Before lighting a candle, be sure to place candles away from vents, ducts, and any air intake vents. The heat and airflow while your HVAC runs heat in the cooler months could cause a fire hazard or damage your system. Candles can safely be placed on tables, coffee tables, or other flat, even surfaces.
Be Mindful of Flammable Items
While this may seem obvious, it’s worth mentioning as it is exceptionally important. When lighting candles, be aware of surrounding items that may be flammable, such as curtains or other hanging objects. Any drafts from your HVAC system could cause the flame to blow toward these flammable items, posing a serious risk for your home, as well as your health and safety.
Keep an Eye on Candles
It can be easy to light a candle and get immersed in the scent, forgetting to keep an eye on the candle itself. When lighting candles, keep a watchful eye and remain in the room where the candle is lit. Never leave your house without blowing out the candle first. Most candles should not be burned for more than four hours at a time.
Get a Wick Trimmer
A wick trimmer is an easy, inexpensive device that can help you quickly snip wicks to the appropriate length. For the safest environment, keep your wicks trimmed to ¼ of an inch at all times. This means you may need to trim the wick before each use. Wicks that are too long could cause a fire hazard.
Ask Us HVAC Candle Questions
Have questions about lighting candles in your home while running your HVAC system? Speak to the experts at John A. Kinkaid today. We’re happy to help!