Candle Safety

Candles are a wonderful addition to any home or work space.  We've listed some important rules that should be followed when burning candles.  By far the single most important rule is to use common sense!  Enjoy your candles!

Candle Safety Rules

  • Place burning candles at least three inches apart. This ensures they will not melt one another, or create drafts that can cause the candles to flare.

  •  Never touch hot candle wax.

  • Never attempt to move a candle while it is burning.

  • Be sure the candleholder is placed on a heat-resistant surface.  Candle holders should be placed on a surface that can withstand high temperatures.  Surfaces that cannot withstand high temperatures may become damaged if the candle holder breaks or becomes too hot.

  •  Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use.  The candle holder needs to be made of material that can withstand the temperature of a burning candle, sturdy enough not to tip over when candle is burning, and large enough to hold the size of the candle.

  • Trim candlewicks to 1/4 inch each time before burning. Keep wicks upright.  Wicks that are bent over will cause a candle to burn hotter than normal.

  •  Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from paperwork on your desk, near drapery, near bedding, or anything else that can catch fire easily.

  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Keep burning candles away from areas where children or pets may reach them.

  • Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

  •  Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.

  • Keep burning candles away from any drafts or fans. 

  • Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle. It is the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters.

  • Never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break.

  •  Make sure a candle is completely extinguished and the wick is no longer glowing before leaving the room.

  •  Extinguish a candle if it flickers repeatedly, smokes, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn't burning properly. Let it cool, trim the wick, check for drafts and then re-light.

  •  Do not burn a candle all the way down. Stop burning a candle when there is one half inch of candle wax left in the container.