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Ten Candle Safety Tips

Here are ten safety tips you should always follow when using candles in your home, including several courtesy of Candle-Safety.org:

  1. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  2. Do not burn candles near flammable objects such as curtains, lampshades or blankets.
  3. Burn candles only on heat resistant surfaces - they can become hot enough to damage furniture.
  4. Do not move a burning candle - extinguish candles before moving them.
  5. Do not place candles in a draft.
  6. Keep candles free of foreign material such as matches, wick clippings, paper.
  7. Keep wick trimmed to 1/4 inch to avoid excessive smoking.
  8. Do not burn a candle in a cracked container.
  9. Discontinue burning when less than 1/2 inch of wax remains.
  10. Keep burning candles away from children and active pets.

When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing - just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?
-- Ralph Marston
 

Birthday Candles for Birthday Cake Decorations

Add a smile to any birthday celebration with colorful birthday candles atop a tasty cake. Available in small amounts and in packages of exact counts, like 40 or 50. Not excited by candles near children? Look for colorful personalized vinyl birthday banners with the candles painted on instead!

Birthday Candle Traditions

Tradition of placing candles on birthday cake is attributed to early Greeks, who used place lit candles on cakes to make them glow like the moon. Greeks used to take the cake to the temple of Artemis, goddess of Moon. Some scholars say that candles were placed on the cake because people believe that the smoke of the candle carried their wishes and prayers to Gods who lived in the skies. Others believe that the custom originated in Germany where people used to place a large candle in the centre of the cake to symbolize 'the light of life'.

In present times too, people place candles on birthday cakes and a silent wish is made before blowing out the candle. It is believed that blowing out all candles in one breath means the wish will come true and the person with enjoy good luck in the coming year. Some also smear out the name of the person before slicing of the cake to bring good luck.

Though the exact origin and significance of the candle blowing ritual is unknown, the history of placing candles on top of the cake is well documented. This tradition can be traced to Kinderfest (Kinder is the German word for 'children'), an 18th century German birthday celebration for children. A letter written in 1799 by Goethe recounts: "…when it was time for dessert, the prince's entire livery...carried a generous-size torte with colorful flaming candles - amounting to some fifty candles - that began to melt and threatened to burn down, instead of there being enough room for candles indicating upcoming years, as is the case with children's festivities of this kind…" As the excerpt indicates, the tradition at the time was to place candles for each year of the individual's life with some added candles 'indicating upcoming years.'
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