CANDLE MAKING SAFETY
(A few do's & don'ts)
DO NOT TAKE CANDLE MAKING SAFETY LIGHTLY!
Candle making can be very dangerous if you don't take certain safety precautions
Although not a dangerous hobby, not following basic the safety
rules can cause bodily harm or a fire to your home. Fires in candle making is
more the exception than the rule, but one should be prepared always.
ever leave melting wax
unwatched. Not in a double boiler, not in a presto pot, not in a microwave. That
means never, ever, ever!
get the wax too hot. The
flash point of our wax is close to 500 degrees, but I donít recommend taking any
chances. 200 degrees is plenty.
allow any wax near an open
use a thermometer, always.
You canít judge the temperature of the wax without one. It is a must for safety
reasons, and also to obtain satisfactory results.
use either a presto pot (this
is a "Kitchen Kettle" made by Presto-they are sold at Walmart or a double
boiler. If you donít have a presto pot or a double boiler, you can start with a
coffee can and an old pot. These are the safest methods.
keep the following safety
equipment handy at all times: baking soda (for small fires), a pot lid (you can
use this to put out a fire also), baking soda, and a dry chemical fire
extinguisher. Use the fire extinguisher if the fire is not contained within the
pot. Keep these items within easy access, but not in the immediate work area.
take precautions against
burning yourself. Use pot holders or pliers when touching hot cans or pans.
run your skin under cold
water right away if you get hot wax on it.
clean up with soap and hot
Always burn your candles with care, never assume that just
because your candle is in a glass jar that you are completely safe. All glass
CAN crack!!!! To lessen the risk of making a candle that cracks a jar....be sure
that the wick is centered so that the flame from the wick is not closer to any
one side of the jar.....Choose the smallest wick possible to allow a good melt
pool.....Put the candle on a fireproof surface when burning!
making candles, but never
get so over confident that you get careless.