Candle Safety Tips

burning candle
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
  • Always burn candles on protected, heat-resistant surfaces specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be big enough to collect dripping wax.
  • Keep burning candles away from anything flammable, such as furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, decorations, etc.
  • Avoid putting candles in drafts to prevent rapid, uneven burning and excessive dripping. Drafts can also blow lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could catch fire.
  • Clean and trim candle wicks to 1/4" before lighting. Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping. Keep candles free of wick trimmings, matches or any flammable material that might ignite.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Discontinue use of a container or votive candle when 1/2" of unmelted wax remains. This will prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface and prevent glass containers from cracking or breaking. Extinguish taper and pillar candles when they get down to within two inches of their holders or decorations.
  • Candles should be placed at least three inches apart so they don't melt one another.
  • Do not extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to spatter and some candle containers to break. The best way to extinguish a candle is to use a special candle snuffer or candle quencher or, if not available, hold your finger in front of the flame and blow at your finger. The air will flow around the finger and extinguish the candle from both sides, preventing hot wax from spattering.