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Candle Care and Safety

Updated: May 22


Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Burn candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc. Always keep a burning candle within sight and extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing. 


Please keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets. Trim candle wicks to ¼ inch each time before burning because long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping. Always use a candle-holder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax. Be sure the candle-holder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface as this can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking. Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches, and debris at all times. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions carefully. 


Don’t burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends. Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans, and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning and avoid flame flare-ups. Drafts can also blow nearby lightweight items into the flame where they could catch fire. Burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don’t burn too many candles in a small room or in a “tight” home where air exchange is limited. Also, don’t burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if in a container. 


Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid. Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use. Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another to ensure they do not melt one another or create their own drafts leading to improper burning. Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle as it is the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters. Never extinguish candles with water as the water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break. Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure. 


Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn’t burning properly. Cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before relighting. Never use a candle as a night light.




“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King Jr

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