Recently I was contacted by Kevin’s Kandles about a product called Safer Emergency Candles. Unlike regular candles, these can’t possibly start a fire since they were designed for use in a glass of water. If you leave it unattended, eventually it will go out. And if you knock over the glass, the water will extinguish the flame.
This seemed like a really cool idea to me, so I decided to give them a try. And I have to say, I’m really impressed! I’m a father and have two toddlers at home, so candles are something we are very reluctant to use. We have Scentsy candles (which also can’t start a fire), but those have to be plugged in.
With Safer Emergency Candles, all you need is a lighter and a bottle of vegetable oil. The oil sits on top of the water and works as fuel for the flame. (By the way, do not use lamp oil or any kind of fuel other than vegetable or olive oil. Doing so is extremely dangerous.)
The only complaint I have is that they’re not particularly bright, but one candle by itself isn’t going to be that bright, anyway. So what I did is put three of them in a large glass bowl, and that put out significantly more light.
The creator spent over three decades working as a fireman, and this product is a solution to a problem he has seen over and over. As he told me, in the first week following Hurricane Sandy, there were 6 reported accidental paraffin candle fires in NYC alone. If people used these candles instead, there would be far fewer fires.
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At 20¢ per 10 hour candle, they are definitely worth checking out. Watch the video below for more information, or visit their site to purchase a pack. Note: I am not an affiliate and I was not paid to write this; I just think these candles are a great idea worth sharing.