Candle Safety

Follow these guidelines to enjoy your candles safely and make them last longer!

  • Always keep burning candles within sight.
    Even if you're just leaving the room, extinguish your candles. Never leave a candle burning when you go to bed. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.
  • Never use a candle as a night light.
    Extinguish all candles before going to bed.
  • Keep burning candles away from all flammable objects.
    Some objects around your home are flammable - like furniture, drapes, paper, etc. Burn candles, not books!
  • Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
    Make sure your little ones are can't get to a burning candle or knock it over.
  • Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch before each use.
    Long, uneven wicks can cause uneven burning, large flames and extra soot.
  • Burn candles no longer than 1-2 hours at a time.
    A shorter burn time will help your candle last longer. It will also help prevent large flames, extra soot and overheating.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down.
    Extinguish the flame if it gets too close to the container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when ½ inch of wax remains.
  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too big, smoky or flickery.
    This isn't normal. Let the wax cool down, then trim the wick to ¼ inch. Be sure to check for drafts before relighting.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafty areas, like fans and vents.
    This will help prevent overheating, uneven burning, flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can potentially blow small items into the flame where they could catch fire.
  • Always use a candle-holder specifically meant for candle use.
    Candle holders should be heat-resistant, sturdy, and big enough to catch any drips or melted wax.
  • Place the candle-holder on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
    This can help prevent candles from damaging any underlying surfaces or breaking glass containers.
  • Keep the wax pool free of debris at all times.
    Anything in the wax, like wick trimmings and matches, can accumulate and lead to uneven burning.
  • Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
    Don’t burn too many candles in a small room where air exchange is limited.
  • Never touch or move a burning candle when the wax is liquid.
    It hurts!
  • Never use a sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder.
    It could scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon further use.
  • Place burning candles at least three inches apart from each other.
    This helps ensure they don’t melt one another, create drafts or cause improper burning.
  • Use a snuffer to extinguish candles.
    It’s the best way to prevent hot wax from splattering.
  • Never extinguish candles with water.
    Wax and water don't mix. This can cause the hot wax to splatter and could cause a glass container to break.
  • Be very careful if using candles during a power outage.
    Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer to use during a power failure.

Be safe and enjoy your candles!