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Candle Safety

Candle Safety Tips

Ultimately, candles exist to help make your house feel like a home, our basic guidelines on candle safety will help extend the life of the candle and your enjoyment. The #1 rule is to always keep the wick of a candle trimmed to about 0.3-0.5cm (about 1/4 inch) this will maximise burn and minimise smoke


Place Candles on a protected surface Never handle candles that are in use
Do not leave candles unattended Keep away from drafts
Keep multiple burning candles at least 10cm apart Do not allow children or pets near burning candles
Keep away from sources of heat Keep wick trimmed to 0.3cm
Extinguish using a candle snuffer Don’t drop matches into the wax


The Basics of Candle Safety:

  1. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  2. Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  3. Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.


The Best Way to Burn a Candle

Before lighting

  • Trim the wick to about ½ cm each time before burning. The safest way to do this is with a wick trimmer. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.


  • Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. Yankee Candle glass jars are heat resistant, sturdy, and quality tested. For votives use an appropriate holder and for wax melt use a quality melt warmer.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.


  • Place the jar candle or appropriate holder on a stable, heat-resistant surface.


  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times. This will alleviate smoke.


  • Avoid having your candle in a draft. This will help prevent uneven burning, dancing flames and excessive smoke or blackening of the jar.


  • Follow the recommendations on burn time and proper use. You will find EU regulated pictogram information on the bottom of all candles - see descriptions at top of this page.


While burning

  • Never touch or move a burning candle. Never move a votive or jar candle when the wax is liquefied as the holder may be hot.


  • Don't burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1cm of wax remains. This is always allowed when burn times are calculated and with most candles, a safety mechanism is built into the design to automatically extinguish the candle when the 1cm is reached.


  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting.


  • Always keep the candle within your sight. If you are going to leave the room, be sure to first blow out all candles.


When extinguishing

  • Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.


  • Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container.


  • Don't touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled as the jar or holder may stay hot for a period after the flame is extinguished.


  • Our safety tips apply to all candles of all makes and styles.
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