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Safety Tips and Suggestions


Candles are safe when burned properly, responsibly and according to manufacturer directions.  Nevertheless, it is important to remember that a burning candle is an open flame, and thus a potential fire hazard if not monitored carefully.  Crafted Candles recommends the following safety tips:

  • 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.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Don’t place lighted candles where they might be knocked over by children or pets.
  • Trim candlewicks to ¼ 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 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.
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer's use and safety instructions carefully.
  • Don’t burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents.  This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, wax dripping and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting.
  • Drafts can also blow lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could catch fire.
  • 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 ½ 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.

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