Once I lit an oil burner in the kitchen and went to go charge my phone. When I came back the oil burner was on fire and so yes it can catch fire but let me explain how.
Using too much essential oil
Essential oil is flammable and If you use too much it is dangerous because it makes the liquid on top easy to ignite.
Using too much water
If you combine too much essential oil with too much water it can cause the liquid to bubble over and when it leaks around the side of the oil burner and goes near the flame, it can easily catch fire.
Carelessness causes fires which is the main reason why it ignited in the first place. I should have walked out of the kitchen leaving the oil burner unattended. Oil burners can be great tools that can provide you with many health benefits but in order to use them well you have to first learn how to use them safely.
What to do if your oil burner catches fire?
- Never put water over the fire it will make it much worse.
- To put out the fire you can use a metal pan. Alternatively, pour baking powder or salt over it and it goes out like magic.
- As a last resort use a fire extinguisher.
Can your oil burner catch fire? (Video)
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