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Avoid a Fire With These Candle Alternatives

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Candles Never leave a burning candle in your Mentone, CA room.

These Candle Alternatives Will Help You Avoid a Fire

Whether it is for ambiance or to make your Mentone, CA, home smell wonderful and inviting, candles have long been one of the only options.

Unfortunately, that means you are at risk of having a candle fire. Candles are the source of more than 7,000 fires a year that add up to more than $250 million in fire damage restoration services.

Alternatives to Avoid Smoke Cleanup Services

Technology has come a long way in nearly every aspect of life, including candles and aroma options. Below are a few ways to achieve what you want without the flames.

Diffusers: If giving your home its own unique and inviting odor, diffusers are an excellent option. For larger areas, an essential oil diffuser emits the odors into the air and offers humidifier benefits in dry months. For smaller rooms, such as a bathroom, a reed diffuser subtly dispenses the aroma as the reeds absorb the oils.

Flameless Candles: When candles are more for setting the mood, flames candles are a good alternative. These have evolved over the years to be more life-like with faux flickering flames. Most of them are battery-operated and often come with remotes or have timers.

Wax Warmers: Although not quite the best of both worlds, wax warmers are close. These electric warmers warm-up scented wax to provide the smell that a candle does without the risk of a candle fire. Many have decorative cutouts that show just a little light, giving the room candle-like lighting.

Burning Candles Safely

If you just can’t live without burning a candle, make sure you always do so in the safest way possible. That includes:

  • Never leave a room with a candle burning.
  • Ensure nothing flammable is within 1 foot of the candle.
  • Keep wicks trimmed to ¼ inch.
  • Stop burning when there are only 2 inches left.
  • Only burn in a sturdy holder that isn’t easy to tip.

Knowing there is a high risk of a candle fire, the above alternatives are great ways to get the smell and aura without the risk.

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