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  • Do Candles Set off Smoke Alarms

    Can Candles Set off Smoke or Fire Alarms

    In most cases, candles do not set off smoke alarms and although it is possible, it is also rare. Smoke alarms are designed to detect smoke from a fire, and the smoke from a single candle is not usually enough to set off an alarm.

    The amount of smoke produced by candles can depend on several factors, including the type of wax used, the presence of fragrance oils, and the size of the flame. However, there are a few things that can increase the risk of a candle setting off a smoke alarm, including:

    • Placing the candle too close to¬†a smoke alarm.
    • Blowing out the candle instead of using a candle snuffer.
    • Burning multiple candles in a small space.

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    Do candles set off smoke alarms or fire alarms
    Do candles set off smoke alarms or fire alarms? Eco-friendly plant-based candles produce less smoke, available in our FelinFach online shop, click here...


    How to Reduce the Risk of Candles Setting off Smoke Alarms

    • Keep candles away from smoke detectors.¬†The smoke from a candle can easily travel to a smoke detector and set it off. Place candles at least 3 feet away from smoke detectors.
    • Keep candles in a well-ventilated area.¬†A well-ventilated area will help to disperse the smoke from a candle, making it less likely to set off a smoke alarm.
    • Don't leave candles unattended.¬†Always keep an eye on candles when they are burning. If you need to leave the room, blow out the candles.
    • Trim wicks to millimetres or 1/4 of an inch.¬†Long wicks can produce more smoke, which can increase the risk of setting off a smoke alarm.
    • Clean your smoke detectors regularly.¬†A dirty smoke detector may not be able to detect smoke properly, which could increase the risk of a fire.
    • Plant-based wax candles:Finally, using candles that are designed to burn cleanly and produce less smoke, such as soy wax or¬†rapeseed wax candles, can also reduce the risk of triggering a smoke alarm.

    Modern-Day Candle Chandler - Handmade Candles with Plant-Based Candle Waxes

    A Candle Chandler? - "a handmade maker and seller of tallow, wax candles, and also usually soap". A chandlery was originally the office in a wealthy medieval household responsible for wax, candles and soaps as well as the room in which the candles were kept. 

    We are a modern-day handmade candle chandler, hand pouring soy wax candles using traditional methods and skills but also other fragrance items such as reed diffusers, tealights and wax melts. Our eco-friendly candles are made from sustainable and renewable plant-based candle waxes which produce less smoke.


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