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 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 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.
Place the candle-holder on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This can help prevent candles from damaging any underlying surfaces or breaking glass containers.
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.
Keep debris out of the wax pool 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. Candle containers get hot - 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.