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How to Snuff Out a Candle

It has been a family members difficulty for many kind of centuries. One not many type of of us have actually provided also much thought because the invention of electrical energy. Today it could be categorized as a candle security regulation. It is the worry of extinguishing candles; just how to safely put out a candle.


Candles are provided in residences and also at occasions this day. What are our options? And more importantly, which is the safest? We deserve to blow out the candle, usage baking soda and vinegar, use 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 also phelp fireguys responded to virtually 9,300 residence fires ignited by candle use annually. Eextremely year, the fires produced an average of 86 civilian deaths, 827 fire-connected injuries and left $374 million in property damage. It is said that tbelow are 25 candle-related fires per day. That is why effectively extinguishing candles is so necessary.


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Blowing candles out is a famous method, specifically on someone's birthday!

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Blow the Candles Out

Blowing out candles via your breath smothers the flame by cooling the wick so a lot that the fire extinguishes.

But unfortunately, sometimes this strategy reignites with a black, sooty smoke that is extremely poor for the lungs. Anvarious other problem via the blowing strategy is you can blow the flame or hot wax onto the closest object, and also if that happens to be combustible, then you have a real difficulty, FIRE.


In the Wiccan realm, the blowing out of the candle flame is shelp to scatter power and therefore mitigate the outcome of the prayer or spell. So this is not recommended.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Did you understand that it is possible to put out a candle through baking soda and also vinegar? As demonstrated in the video listed below, 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 sublinked in the combicountry, or the gas may be poured on it. If nothing else, this is just a cool experiment to try.


I'm not fairly sure why you would desire to use this approach, but it is possible.

A Demonstration of Vinegar and Baking Soda Extinguishing Candles


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What Is a Candle Snuffer?

A candle snuffer looks like a tiny metal bell as watched and also is offered to put out the flame on a candle. How to snuff out a candle is really easy—one simply covers the flame with it, denying necessary oxygen to remain lit. Tright here is no wax blvery own about, and also it reduces the chances of a fire in the house significantly.


The candle snuffer still produces smoke, so it might not be a solution for persons via chronic lung troubles. Different theories from the previous suggest that candle flames need to be snuffed fairly than blown out given that it is making use of the air facet to sheight the fire aspect. Decorative candle snuffers are regularly supplied through wedding candles in church ceremonies.

This Video Demonstrates How to Use a Candle Snuffer


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Putting out a candle flame with your fingers—an approach booked for the bravest!

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Putting Out a Flame With Your Fingers

Tright here are still those brave souls that wet their forefinger and also thumb to squelch the flame. In watching many YouTube videos about this, it appears to work-related much better the closer that you are to the wick. Here are the procedures for using your fingers:

Ignite the candle through a match. The flame have to be at 1 inch high.Lick or wet your fingers via water.Placed your hand around 1 inch away from the wick.Grasp the wick as fast as you have the right to and also release.With a bit of practice, you will certainly have the ability to skip the wetting of your fingers. The real trick is in the timing.

I have viewed it done; safety-wise, I should give it an adverse review because it deserve to burn the skin and also does leave babsence marks.

In many various other circles, this approach puts the prayer or spell in waiting until the candle have the right to be lit aget.


Safety First

It is constantly best to choose safety initially. It is my conclusion in reviewing all of the facts that the candle snuffer appears to be the best solution. I do, but, understand that candles are offered to send healing and prayers, however please usage caution likewise.


This short article is specific and also true to the ideal of the author’s expertise. Content is for informational or entertainment objectives only and also does not substitute for individual counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


© 2012 Nancy Yager

Comments

poetryman6969 on February 03, 2015:

I don't doubt the efficacy of the snuffer yet I cannot watch gaining another little doohicvital to save track of . As I am not in the habit of spreading satanic spells, I will certainly forgo wetting the fingers and also strangling the flame.

Nancy Yager (author) from Hamburg, New York on April 02, 2013:

How cool is that! Thanks.

Elyse on April 01, 2013:


discovered this --- http://www.amazon.com/Wickman-Candle-Dipper-Smokel...

Nancy Yager (author) from Hamburg, New York on February 02, 2013:


DDE Yes it is. And some of us via lung issues must not be around candles at all.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 02, 2013:

Interesting around blowing out candles I never before believed of it being dangerous for the lungs discovering exactly how many type of other obstacles e have to go through favor sitting in a lounge via the many type of smokers.


unwell-known spy Really? They are handy little items to have.

Life Under Construction from Neverland also on December 20, 2012:

enjoyed your hub nancy! i never heard of snuffer before! seriously!

Nancy Yager (author) from Hamburg, New York on November 29, 2012:


A exceptionally unique hub, Nancy. I would certainly certainly usage a candle snuffer and also remember this the next time a blackout happens! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Yager (author) from Hamburg, New York on October 23, 2012:


Michele. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed.

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on October 23, 2012:

This is an exciting hub. We don't us candles exceptionally a lot, but when we execute, we blow them out. Now I desire to usage snuff them out. If they are tough to uncover, simply usage the internet. You can buy pretty much anypoint on the internet.


Nancy Yager (author) from Hamburg, New York on September 28, 2012:

Great pointer. Thanks for preventing by.

Mom Kat from USA on September 28, 2012:

I have a candle snuffer - yet the kids constantly take it and lose it... lol

Anymeans, I actually carry out something different (option 4 if you will) ~

Because I carry out not desire to pit air against fire, nor water versus fire... and also my negative little snuffer keeps acquiring kidnapped...


I take the end of a enhance or used incense stick to push the wick right into the melted wax in a rolling activity. This extinguishes the flame via minimal smoke and coats the wick through a thin layer of wax which makes relighting a snap :)

Don't leave your wick in the melted wax or when it hardens the wick will certainly be trapped & we all hate that. Just lengthy enough to put the flame out & then lift it right back up & out.

Great Hub Lipnancy ~ loved it!

Nancy Yager (author) from Hamburg, New York on September 17, 2012:


Thanks for preventing by. Hope you enjoyed.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on September 17, 2012:

We have actually not actually had actually candles about for some time however I think I more than likely just blew them out as I don't believe we ever before had a snuffer.

Nancy Yager (author) from Hamburg, New York on September 12, 2012:

Thanks. I actually originally learned this in a healing class of all areas.

ignugent17 on September 12, 2012:


Very exciting Lipnancy. It is fun to remember once we were young. During brvery own out we will just use candles. Then once the lights go on we will certainly sing a birthday song before we blow the candles out. I did not understand that it is harmful.

Thank you for the information.

Have a good day!

Nancy Yager (author) from Hamburg, New York on August 19, 2012:

Thanks. I am happy you approve.


Kate McBride from Donegal Ireland on August 18, 2012:

Curiosity made me review this hub-it wtoo worth analysis.

Cheers .

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Nancy Yager (author) from Hamburg, New York on August 09, 2012:

Not sure if they are available in India either. But I am happy you took pleasure in the hub.

Farhat from Delhi on August 09, 2012:

hey, gud idea & a healthy means to snuff out candles...however i don't think snuffers are available in the sector out below in India...no difficulty, , i'll make one my own!.....thankyou Lipnancy!