CANDLES & FIRE SATEFY
At Mea Vota Candles, we take fire safety seriously. Below we've added a few tips to get you started on how to spot or create quality candles, so that together we can enjoy a safer candle community!
as a consumer/ retailer
As a consumer, we like to assume that the businesses we buy from have our best interest at heart. Even in those cases, it's possible they may have missed out on crucial information that ensures their products are safe. Within the chandler community there are standards which should be adhered to and are taken extremely seriously, but with the rise of DIY products, dangerous candles have been making an appearance on the market. This is why it's important to know a few things when purchasing your candles (yes, even in retail stores).
What Wax Blend is it?
Soy wax and Coconut Wax are a fantastic blend for many reasons (which is why we love using them for our container candles). BUT, they shouldn't be used for pillar (Free-standing) candles. Soy wax and Coconut wax heat up so quickly that they liquify and can become a potential fire hazard when used for pillar candles.
Appropriate wax blends for pillar candles include:
Paraffin, Beeswax & Palm Wax blends
*I know a few chandlers who use soy wax to create pillar candles, but this is where experience sometimes trumps materials. Their knowledge and fire safety missions demonstrate their dedication to the craft. Read more about this below...
What is their experience?
There's definitely a difference between a chandler and someone who likes to make candles. Chandlers take their craft extremely seriously and don't mess around when it comes to knowing their materials and how to effectively use them to create the best product.
Do they use buzz words?
Buzz words can be great, but they're also the first thing you see when you look up a product. It can mean that the maker has simply copy/pasted the first available information, and hasn't gone any deeper.
Beware of Copy Cat brands / Trend followers:
Copycats tend to overlook research and/or safety measures. When you make your purchase, check your candle's ingredients. and look to see if there's any mention of fire safety.
Potentially dangerous candles can be:
-Body Mold Candles
-Martini Glass Candles
Beware of "Decorative Candles"
If a business has put this in their description, it usually means their candles use a wax blend that is unsafe in free-standing form, or have used cute but super dangerous containers, and should therefore not be lit. This is a form of disclaimer (a way to shift the blame) to save their ass if in any case you lit the candle and it caused a fire.
(I personally find this ridiculous because if something has a wick you realistically will light it, but hey, to each their own)
Have they mentioned Fire Safety?
Is there any mention of fire safety beyond how you should be using the candle? Chandlers usually often mention the steps they've taken to create a safe product, as well as advice on how to safely use and maintain your candle.
Even after purchasing a candle you have a responsibility to use your candle safely.
-Never leave your candles unattended. Freak accidents happen even if your chandler has made all the efforts to create a safe product
-Don't play with fire. seriously.
As a retailer here are a few things you should ask the maker:
-What temperature can their containers withstand?
-What wax they've chosen for their free-standing candles and why?
-What methods are they putting in place to ensure their candles are safe?
*If your supplier doesn't seem to have allotted time to candle safety research, their products may potentially be dangerous.
as a maker
Your first duty as a maker is to ensure that the products you put out are safe for the consumer. There's a plethora of ways to make your candles stand out. But with creativity comes research & testing. Not doing your due diligence can cause serious issues, including damages and/or harm. In an effort to create the safest product possible here are a few things you need to do:
-It's your duty to look up the appropriate blends for different types of candles you're creating. Information is easily available, and there's no excuse for skipping this step.
-You need to know what temperature your candle container can withstand. It can be tempting to use eclectic glasses as a container for your candles, but as your flame and wax get hotter so does your container. And if your container is inadequate, it can explode, possibly catching on curtains and other flammable items in the room.
-Check out the 'Additional Info' tab before purchasing your container. It should give you all the information you need.
Thoroughly test your candles before making them available to the public. Your pillar candle shouldn't be melting all over the places.
If you're using vintage containers, test your containers multiple times to make sure they don't crack or explode. (Also please don't use martini glasses: they're absolutely gorgeous but are unsafe in so many ways)