How to Extinguish a Candle
It has been a household problem for many centuries. One not many of us have given too much thought since the invention of electricity. Today it might be categorized as a candle safety regulation. It is the issue of extinguishing candles; how to safely put out a candle.
Candles are used in homes and at events today. What are our options? And more importantly which is the safest? We can blow out the candle, use baking soda and vinegar, utilize a candle snuffer or spit on your fingers and dowse the flame, ouch.
Why Is Candle Safety a Concern?
According to the National Fire Protection Association, from the years of 2009-2013, volunteer and paid fireman responded almost 9,300 house fires ignited by candle use each year. Every year, the fires created an average of 86 civilian deaths, 827 fire-related injuries, and left $374 million in property damage. It is said that there are 25 candle-related fires per day. That is why properly extinguishing candles is so important.
Blow the Candles Out
Blowing out candles with your breath smothers the flame by cooling the wick so much that the fire extinguishes.
But unfortunately, sometimes this method reignites with a black sooty smoke that is very bad for the lungs. Another problem with the blowing method is you can blow the flame or hot wax onto the closest object, and if that happens to be combustible, then you have a real problem, FIRE.
In the Wiccan realm, the blowing out of the candle flame is said to the scatter energy and therefore, reduce the outcome of the prayer or spell. So this is not recommended.
A Demonstration of Vinegar and Baking Soda Extinguishing Candles
Baking Soda and Vinegar?
Did you know that it is possible to put out a candle with baking soda and vinegar? As demonstrated in the video above, a flame will go out when it is exposed to carbon dioxide which is emitted by the chemical combination of vinegar and baking soda. The candle may be submerged in the combination or the gas may be poured on it. If nothing else, this is just a cool experiment to try.
Not quite sure why you would want to use this method, but it is possible.
What Is a Candle Snuffer?
A candle snuffer looks like a small metal bell as seen and is used to put out the flame on a candle. How to snuff out a candle is really easy, one just covers the flame with it, denying needed oxygen to remain lit. There is no wax blown around and reduces the chances of a fire in the home significantly. The candle snuffer still produces smoke so it may not be a solution for persons with chronic lung problems. Different theories from the past suggest that candle flames should be snuffed rather than blown out since it is using the air element to stop the fire element. Decorative candle snuffers are often used with wedding candles in church ceremonies.
This Video Demonstrates How to Use a Candle Snuffer
Putting Out a Flame With Your Fingers
There are still those brave souls who wet their forefinger and thumb to squelch the flame. In watching many YouTube video about this, it seems to work better the closer that you are to the wick. Here are the steps for using your fingers:
- Ignite the candle with a match. The flame must be at 1 inch high.
- Lick or wet your fingers with water.
- Put your hand about 1 inch away from the wick.
- Grasp the wick as fast as you can and release.
- With a bit of practice, you will be able to skip the wetting of your fingers. The real trick is in the timing.
I have seen it done; safety-wise, I must give it a negative review, since it can burn the skin and does leave black marks.
In many other circles, this method puts the prayer or spell in waiting until the candle can be lit again.
It is always best to choose safety first. It is my conclusion in reviewing all of the facts; the candle snuffer seems to be the best solution. I do however understand that candles are used to send healing and prayers, but please use caution also.
How do you Put out Your Candles
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© 2012 Nancy Yager