The Risks of Blowing Out Candles

by Esparanza Vargas on Mar 24, 2023

The Risks of Blowing Out Candles

Blowing out candles is a traditional practice that has been around for centuries. It's a common sight to see people blowing out candles on their birthday cakes or during festive occasions. However, blowing out candles can have some unintended consequences that might make it not recommended.

  1. The spread of germs and bacteria: When someone blows out candles, the breath they exhale can spread germs and bacteria that may be on their mouth and nose. This is especially concerning in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, where respiratory droplets can spread the virus. Blowing out candles could potentially increase the risk of spreading the virus, even if the person is asymptomatic.

  2. Fire hazards: Candles are a significant fire hazard, and blowing them out can cause more problems than it solves. When someone blows out a candle, the flame can spread, potentially igniting nearby objects. In some cases, blowing out a candle can cause wax to splatter, which can also increase the risk of a fire hazard. 

  3. Candle wax can splatter: When someone blows out a candle, the wax can splatter, potentially causing burns. This is especially true if the candle is close to the person's face, and they blow too hard.

  4. Superstitions and cultural beliefs: In some cultures and superstitions, blowing out candles is not recommended. For example, in some Asian cultures, blowing out candles is thought to bring bad luck. Instead, they simply use a snuffer.

In conclusion, while blowing out candles is a long-standing tradition, it's essential to consider the potential risks associated with this practice. From the spread of germs to the risk of fire hazards and environmental impact, there are several reasons why it's not recommended to blow out candles. Instead, consider using a candle snuffer or allowing the candle to burn out on its own. These alternatives can help minimize the potential risks associated with blowing out candles and still allow you to enjoy the festive occasion.