I know we’ve all heard it a million times, but when it comes to safety, sometimes hearing it again certainly doesn’t hurt.
You would think it’s just plain common sense, but after years in the candle industry, you wouldn’t believe the stories we’ve heard (and even experienced). Like the woman who put a candle on the back of the toilet, directly under hanging towels and was surprised when the towels caught fire; the one gentleman who left a candle burning overnight on his wood desk and was upset that it scorched the desk; and another woman who put a candle on a windowsill with the breeze blowing...needless to say, those curtains went up in flames!
Trust us, the list goes on and on. Luckily, in all of these situations, no one was hurt, but candle safety is of utmost importance! Simple common sense and following the warnings that we have all heard countless times would have prevented all of the mentioned situations.
OUR TOP 20 CANDLE SAFETY TIPS
- Always keep a burning candle within sight
- Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire
- Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets
- Always use a candleholder or vessel specifically designed for the heat of candle use
- Always burn candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface
- Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris
- Always read and follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions carefully.
- Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents
- Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room
- Do not burn a candle all the way down (leave 2” for pillars or ½” for containers)
- Never touch or move a burning candle.
- Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another.
- Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle.
- Never extinguish candles with water - oil and water DON’T mix!
- Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes or the flame becomes too high
- Be very careful if using candles during a power outage
- Never use a candle as a night light
- Never burn a candle longer than 4 hours
- Do not leave burning candles unattended
- When mixing your wax and fragrance oil, always make sure the fragrance oil is fully combined by stirring for at least 2 minutes
Happy (and safe) burning! And for those of you new to Candle Making, we recommend checking out the resources from the National Candle Association for their extensive list of candle making guidelines and safety standards.
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