Please, do not burn candles. This past week in Binghamton a grandfather, father and 4 year old girl died in a house fire blamed on unattended candles & no smoke detectors. Such a tragedy.
I WAS a huge candle person, I always had at least one lit and quite often I would light candles in several rooms - rooms that I was not even in.
That was then, this is now. . .
Some of you may already know this, but last December I forgot to blow out a candle before going to bed and around 5 am my smoke detector went off. When my husband went downstairs the candle holder was in flames, the counter top was burned and there the whole downstairs was a cloud of black haze which settled into a fine black soot. After a while of breathing I could feel that that soot was in my throat and in my nose.
I shutter to think how close we were to having our home on fire! I no longer will light any candles - it just isn't worth it. I still have some anxiety over what happened, especially when I wake at night.
I know some of those I emailed and showed the candle holder to still use candles - please stop. A fire could start so quickly and trust me you do not want to go there!