If good kerosene is properly used, there is no more danger from it than in the use of "the light of other days ' - the old-fashioned tallow candle. But the daily chronicles of horrible accidents from carlessness in its use should serve as a warning to all. A few hints on lamps and the care of them may not come amiss.
Never fill a lamp that is lighted.
Do not use kerosene as a fire-kindler.
Glass lamps should not be used to carry around the house.
Do not fill lamps quite full. If they are filled full and brought into a warm room the heat will expand the oil and cause it to run over. Allow a little space, so as to avoid this apparent leaking of the lamp.
Attend to lamps in the early part of the day. Rather put off almost any other part of the housework than this.
Give lamp-burners a thorough washing in strong hot suds when they become clogged up.
Do not fill a lamp near a fire. After filling, wipe off very clean with a cloth kept for that purpose.
The oil accumulating in the cup under the wick in a student lamp should be poured out once a week.
Do not allow lamp-cloths that are saturated with oil to accumulate and lie around in close contact for any great length of time. They are liable to cause spontaneous combustion. Better to burn them every few weeks.
Take off the chimney, raise the cap of the burner, and turn up the wick a very little. To secure the best light and fewest breakages of chimneys, cut the wick straight across, parallel with the top of the burner. Do not round the corners. Use a pair of sharp scissors.