If you’ve ever had experience living with birds, you already know that small changes in your indoor environment can have significant consequences, so it’s important to only burn safe candles around your feathered friends. But birds aren’t the only pets you should consider when it comes to air quality. Cats, dogs, and other pets need safe air to breathe, too — and if you burn traditional candles, you could be exposing them to dangerous toxins and chemicals. Here’s what you need to know about candles and pet safety!
Burn With Care
Many people aren’t aware that scented candles can pose a hazard to their four-legged family members. But unfortunately, they can. Certain fragrances can irritate the nose and throat of your pet or worsen existing respiratory problems.
The candles available at your local big-box store aren’t the only offenders. Even candles labeled “natural” or “organic” can be harmful to pets because they may still contain essential oils that are toxic for pets to inhale. For a more specific breakdown of the damage paraffin wax candles can do, check out one of our most popular articles, “Is paraffin wax toxic?”
What to Look For to Protect Your Pet
In order to protect the health and safety of your animal companions, only purchase candles that are specifically labeled as pet safe. Pet-safe candles possess these essential qualities:
Some wicks contain lead. Pet-safe candles should have paper or cotton wicks.
Pet-safe candles should utilize natural wax such as soy wax, beeswax, or vegetable-based wax. Avoid candles that are unlabeled or have vague, hard-to-pronounce ingredients.
No Irritating Oils
Many essential oils present in candles are unsafe to burn around pets. Pet-safe candles will only utilize oils that have been rigorously tested and deemed safe for animals.
Candle Safety for Pet Owners
Birds, cats, and dogs all share one thing in common: they can be too curious for their own good. That’s why even after you switch to pet-safe candles, you should still practice good candle safety. Open flames can burn paws, noses, and feathers. Even more seriously, a tipped-over candle could cause a house fire, threatening both your life and the lives of your furry friends. Here are some candle safety guidelines to follow:
- Don’t Leave the Room: It’s never a good idea to leave candles unattended, but remember to never leave the room when a candle is lit, and a pet is present.
- Place Candles Out of Reach: Some cats and dogs have some serious jumping superpowers, and birds can flutter away in the blink of an eye. To avoid possible disasters, only burn candles in a location your pets cannot reach.
- Make Sure It’s Out: Leaving the room or heading out of the house? Take care to double-check that you actually extinguished that lit candle. Taking an extra two seconds can save your pets — and home — from harm.
Shop Pet-Safe Candles Today!
At Pet Safe Candles, we take your pet’s health seriously. Our new line of Pet-Safe Candles is made from natural soy wax in various appealing scents. And, of course, they’re completely safe for all types of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, fish, ferrets, hamsters, and rabbits. Place an order today and enjoy candles safely again!