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Leaving a burning candle unattended can lead to fire and loss of life. Always remain aware of candles that are burning and do not leave them unattended. Always extinguish burning candles when leaving the house. Do not burn candles in the bedroom. Falling asleep with a candle burning is very dangerous.
Children are naturally curious, do not leave a burning candle within reach of a child. If burning candles when children are present, make sure you place candle out of reach and on a fireproof surface and away from anything flammable.
Keep burning candles out of reach of pets. Understand that if you have a cat, they are very agile and can reach places that children and other household pets cannot. We recommend that you place your candle within a hurricane or larger glass vessel to protect cats from having their tail catch fire, which can then lead to them running under or behind something else that is flammable. All necessary precautions should be taken to keep your pets from coming in contact with an open flame.
A well maintained candle is the safest candle to burn. Long wicks can lead to large flames that are out of balance for the vessel they are in, leading to stress on the glass and potential failure. Keep candle free from drafts and always, always, always....trim wicks and dispose of debris in trash BEFORE relighting your candle. A trimmed wick and candle free from debris will burn more cleanly and safely than candles that have long wicks. Untrimmed wicks create an imbalance in your candle and will produce soot and large flames.
Always burn candles on a heat resistant surface. If in question, place a candle plate or trivet underneath your burning candle.
You may be asking yourself....why doesn't West End Naturals put all of those lovely herbs, twigs, tiny pine cones and other little dainties in their candles...and why can't I get all of that in a wooden dough bowl....well here is why: Crafting a candle in a flammable vessel and decorating it with flammable items is a fire hazard. It goes against all safety standards laid out by the Natinal Candle Association which follows ASTM dictates. Burning a candle in a flammable vessel CAN and WILL l start a fire in your home....which can result in severe injury and death. We cannot emphasize this enough. This is a troubling trend in the current candle making industry. Unfortunately there are many hobbyists who decide to craft candles in their kitchen or maybe they even rent a small workshop, put in a few shelves and buy some product. They then move on the "creative" phase, which often ignores all safety standards and fire science. Making and selling candles to the public is not nor should it ever be a hobby. It requires much research and a commitment, first and foremost to safety standards. We care about you, your family, and your safety. We will NEVER make or sell you a candle that goes against industry standards...regardless of how many hobbyists and crafters jump on the trend train.