Hints From Heloise: Don’t burn your candle to the end

May 14, 2013

Dear Heloise: Can you tell me the reason for not burning all the wax in a CANDLE, as stated in your column in The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate? Thanks very much. -- Don C., via e-mail

Don, thanks for reading the column, and I’ve visited your charming city several times for personal appearances and speeches.

The National Candle Association (www.candles.org) states that the reason to not burn the wax (in a container or just a candle itself) all the way down is SAFETY.

A glass jar or container can become too hot, causing it to break or shatter and possibly causing a fire as well as other damage. Candles in a jar or a container should be disposed of when they have half an inch of wax left in them.

It may seem that you are not getting your money’s worth, but this precaution could keep your home and family safe.

So, for safety’s sake, please follow this guideline and other care instructions found on the candles you burn.

If there are two inches left of a free-standing candle, there also is a chance of potential fire or hot-wax damage. -- Heloise

LETTER OF LAUGHTER

Dear Heloise: In reference to a reader who suggested placing a rubber ball under the bedsheets to keep the covers off their feet, I have found that a Boston terrier serves the same purpose successfully, and keeps our feet warm as well. -- C.G., Wolfe City, Tex.

You are not the only one who has a furry bed-warmer! Apparently, the majority of Chihuahua owners always have warm feet in bed! -- Heloise

STOVE DOME LIGHT

Dear Heloise: Previous readers have suggested leaving the stove dome light on as a reminder that something is baking or that the oven needs attention. I use the light for safety.

When my son was a toddler, the light told him that the oven was HOT and not to touch it. It worked great! -- S.H. in Ohio

TABLECLOTH SIZES

Dear Heloise: I have many tablecloths of different sizes and shapes to fit my dining-room table with a leaf and without. I can’t remember which tablecloths are long and which are short.

I list the tablecloths by color and pattern, and put the size next to the description (grapevines, 60 inches by 90 inches; dark-red floral print, 50 inches square; etc.). With the list taped on the inside of the linen cupboard, it’s easy to select the tablecloth I need. -- Nancy Chapman, Sutter Creek, Calif.

GIVING BACK

Dear Heloise: Returning vases to florists is a great idea, which prompted me to write. I am a business owner and receive quite a bit of mail. My mailman bundles the mail with rubber bands. Every six months or so, I return them to him.

I also return hangers from my employees’ uniforms back to the uniform company. -- A Faithful Reader in Clinton, Md.

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. Please include your city and state.

, King Features Syndicate

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