Safety Rules

The National Candle Association urges consumers to follow these rules for candle safety.

  • The National Candle Association urges consumers to follow these rules for candle safety.
  • 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. Place candles away from drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Trim candlewicks to 1⁄4 inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping.
  • Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use.
  • The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain 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 underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from cracking or breaking.
  • Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Don"t burn a candle longer than 4 hours
  • 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.
    Don't burn too many candles in a small room or in a "tight" home where air exchange is limited.
    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 1⁄2 inch if in a container.

  • Never touch or move a burning 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.This ensures they won't melt one another, or create drafts that can cause the candles to flare. Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters.
  • Never extinguish candles with water.
    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.
  • Make sure a candle is completely extinguished and the wick is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
  • Extinguish a candle if it flickers repeatedly, smokes, or the flame becomes too high.
  • The candle isn't burning properly. Let it cool, trim the wick, check for drafts and then re-light.
  • Never use a candle as a night light.