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Old 10-09-2006, 09:01 AM
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Candles burning on teachers desks/fire hazard/asthma problems?

I am teaching in a private school, and am concerned about teachers who burn candles on their desks in their classrooms.

First, it would seem to be a fire hazard...a serious one.

Secondly, one of my students and I both had to use our inhalers due to a "smelly" candle that was waifing (sp?) throughout the school from one classroom.

Any thoughts or similar problems?

I am going to email the principal about this tomorrow.

Old 10-09-2006, 09:14 AM
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Do email! An open flame in an elementary school is a horrible accident waiting to happen. Don't be afraid to speak out!
Old 10-09-2006, 09:32 AM
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A lit candle? No matter what age the students, that is a hazard! I am glad you are saying something!
Old 10-09-2006, 09:40 AM
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yeah.....fire and children......not a good mix!
Old 10-09-2006, 12:45 PM
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Our fire marshall has prevented us from burning candles for a couple of years now. Some use candle warmers, some just use plug ins. My mom has terrible allergies to most fragrances. Just walking by an open door with a candle burning will have her throat closing in seconds. Since her troubles became so severe, I have become much more aware about the "smells" in my room.
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Old 10-09-2006, 02:54 PM
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Nice way to bring up the candle incident since October is Fire Prevention Month... In fact this week is Fire Prevention Week.
Anyway, it is illegal to burn candles in our school. Do email the principal about this problem. You should not have to suffer because someone wants to burn a candle at a work place.
Old 10-09-2006, 03:25 PM
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I worked in a Catholic school and students were used to candles for Mass, but I can't imagine one on my desk.

If a classroom is stinky, try Febreeze!

Old 10-09-2006, 04:49 PM
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At my school, we are not allowed to burn candles or use the candle warmers. I would definitely be worried about the open flame. That's definitely an accident waiting to happen!
Old 10-09-2006, 04:54 PM
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With the occasional horror stories about school fires, I cannot imagine why any teacher would choose to burn a candle in a school. For mass, yes-- it's part of a religious service, away from paper and little hands But in a classroom-- NO WAY! Buy some potpourri, but don't endanger the lives of hundreds of kids because you want to create a little atmosphere. A stray breeze and a piece of loose leaf are all it would take for a huge crisis!
Old 10-09-2006, 06:50 PM
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How scary. This needs to be reported before it becomes a tragic accident.
Sometimes our builing smells moldy and I will use a product from the supermarket called Renuzit. It costs about $1 and last for about a month. Gives off a nice scent.
Of course if you have students with fragrance allergies, then I wouldn't suggest getting one.

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