The National Candle Association urges consumers to be careful when burning candles, and to following these rules for burning candles safely.
Always keep a burning candle within sight
Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning.
Long or crooked wicks 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 candleholder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
This will also help prevent possible heat damage to counters and table surfaces and prevent glass containers from cracking or breaking.
Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents.
This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could catch fire.
Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
Never touch a burning candle or move a votive or container candle when the wax is liquid,
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Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another
. This is to make sure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly, wasting the wonderful fragrances
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 ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes too high.
The candle isn’t burning properly and the flame isn’t controlled. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before re-lighting.