Candle Safety Tips

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Before lighting

  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
  • Always use a candle holder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
  • Place the candle holder on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
  • Roughly one-third of home candle fires start in the bedroom.
  • More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.

Recommendations on burn time and proper use of candles:

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.
  • Use sturdy, safe candle holders.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Extinguish candles when you leave a room.
  • Be careful not to splatter wax when extinguishing a candle.
  • Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas.
  • Always use a flash light, not a candle, for emergency lighting.
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
  • Consider using battery-operated or electric flameless candles and fragrance warmers, which can look, smell and feel like real candles – without the flame.
  • If you do use candles, ensure they are in sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holders and placed where they cannot be easily knocked down.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Never use a candle where medical oxygen is being used. The two can combine to create a large, unexpected fire.
  • And NEVER leave burning candles unattended!