We know our customers are not fools so we're sure they employ much
commonsense in their candle making. Nevertheless, for our peace of mind, we
offer the following list of do's and don't (which is not exhaustive).
leave melting wax unattended - No if's no but's, Never.
Heat wax directly - use a double boiler or a thermostatically controlled wax
melter designed for the purpose.
allow pets or children into the work area where hot wax may be present
pour wax into drains - you will come to regret it if you do.
Know the flash point of the wax you are using (> 150 deg C for Paraffin wax but
still not a high temperature). At the flash point, the wax will spontaneously
ALWAYS Use a thermometer to
constantly monitor wax temperature and turn off the heat before it gets too
ALWAYS keep a CO2, Dry Powder fire extinguisher or fire blanket
handy in the work area and learn how to use them properly.
We also recommend wearing a long heavy duty apron and strong footwear when
handling melted wax - don't wear open toe sandals!
IN CASE OF FIRE
- Turn off the heat source if possible and if safe to do so smother the flame carefully with a fire blanket or extinguish with the an
appropriate fire extinguisher.
- Make sure the wax is removed from any source of heat and allow to cool
- Count yourself lucky and adjust your process to ensure it never happens again.
NB: We prefer CO2 extinguishers although Dry powder does work fine - However they are very messy and you may regret not spending the little bit extra for CO2.
Never discharge an extinguisher directly into burning or very hot wax. Direct the output from the extinguisher in a manner which smothers the flames - better still, get some professional advice on appliance use from your local fire service just in case you ever need to use one.