Candle Making Safety
Candle making is dangerous if you don't
follow basic safety precautions. TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY,
failure to follow the safety rules may result in serious
injury or damage to your home. If basic safety precautions
are taken fire should not be a common problem, but be
leave melting wax unattended. Not even in a double
overheat wax. Know the flash point of your wax (usually
about 375 degrees F. for paraffin). It will
spontaneously combust when it reaches the flash point.
If using wax of unknown flash point do not heat above
212 degrees F (such as in a double boiler). The fumes
from overheated wax can cause severe illness, in case of
an accident evacuate the area and ventilate it.
keep wax away from open flames.
use a thermometer. It is essential for both safety and
good results that you always be aware of the wax
use a double boiler. Temperatures up to 200 degrees F.
can be achieved. Most recipes use a temperature in this
range. If you don't have a double boiler, use an old pot
for the water and a coffee can to melt the wax.
- A few recipes call for temperatures
higher than 200 degrees F. and will require heating
directly on the heat source. Be vigilant, and do not
allow the temperature to go above 325 degrees F. Do not
let your attention wander. If possible do it outdoors on
a hot plate.
put water on a wax fire.
keep a pot lid, baking soda, and a dry chemical fire
extinguisher handy when heating wax. Use the pot lid to
smother fires in the melting container. Baking soda will
smother small fires. A fire extinguisher is useful if
you set the curtains on fire, or have some other major
accident. These items should be kept outside of any area
that may be affected by fire but still within easy
use pot holders or pliers when handling hot pots or
- If wax gets on your skin, run it
under cold water immediately- then peel off the wax.
- Don't pour wax down the drain unless
you like frequent visits from your plumber.
let candle making get so routine that you get careless.