Georgia residents are no strangers to power outages, and when there is
one, they have to turn to something to light up their homes, such as candles. But
why does Georgia have power outages? There are several reasons, such as trees,
snow, animals, ice, and storms to name a few culprits.
Georgia Power defines an outage as, “...when your lights go off and stay off for
more than a few seconds. This can be caused for a variety of reasons,
including storms, downed trees, or even a vehicle hitting a power line
Here are a few facts about power outages:
- Believe it or not, trees cause power outages more than anything else. If
a broken limb or branch touches a power line, it can cause service to
- Animals, especially squirrels can affect the power supply.
- When snow or ice accumulates, they can weigh down power lines, leading
to an outage.
- Lightning can strike a tree, causing it to fall down on a power line, leading
to a power outage.
- If a car crashes into a pole, it can cause a power outage.
- If a crane accidentally touches a power line, it can cause a power outage.
Now that you’re more familiar with the causes of power outages in
Georgia, let’s discuss the issue of using candles to light your
home when there is a blackout, which is just another term for “power
outage.” Are they safe? Or should you use another light source the
next time the power is down for hours?
Are Candles Safe to Use?
If you have a bunch of kids or pets running around, you may not want to
turn to candles to light your home during a power outage, but that’s
up to you.
“One utilitarian option is to raid your
emergency go-bag for its 100 hour candle. These
1-pound light grenades burn liquid paraffin, which produces odorless, smokeless light for the
better part of three days. And since the fuel is sealed in the container
with only the wick exposed, you can safely snuff it out, store it, and
use it again for the next blackout. Just make sure you open a window for
ventilation,” wrote Andrew Tarantola in
If you are interested in using candles over say, jug lamps or electric
lamps, make sure you become educated on candle safety from the National
Candle Safety Association (NCA).
Here are a few of the NCA’s safety tips:
- When you have a burning candle, always keep it in sight.
- Keep all burning candles out of reach of children and pets.
- Only use candle holders that are designed for candles.
- Place candles (in candle holders) on stable, heat resistant surfaces only.
- Do not place candles near vents, air currents, ceiling fans, or drafts.
- Only burn candles in well-ventilated rooms.
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