THE THREE BASIC CANDLE SAFETY RULES:

  • Be present, be aware, and never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Place your candle in a safe place, away from the edge of a table or counter, and never burn a candle near anything that might catch fire.
  • Keep candles out of reach of curious children and playful pets.

CANDLE TIPS:

  • Make sure you have enough time for your candle's initial burn. Your first burn should be between 3 and 3.5 hours for 8 oz tumblers and 1.5 and 2 hours for travel tins, or until a full melt pool has formed. The first burn should melt the wax to the edge of the container, ensuring that as your candle melts it does so evenly down the glass.

BEFORE LIGHTING:

  • Trim candle wicks to less than 1/4 inch before every burn. Long, or crooked untrimmed wicks can cause uneven burning, or cause your candle to burn too quickly and reduce the fragrance.
  • Always keep your candles on a sturdy, heat-resistant surface. This will prevent any inadvertent heat damage to underlying surfaces, and prevent glass containers from breaking.
  • Avoid drafts, ceiling fans, or any air currents. Doing so will help your candle burn more slowly and evenly, while reducing the possibility of flare-ups or soot. Air currents can also blow nearby lightweight items into your candle's flame where they could ignite.
  • Try to keep your candles free of wick trimmings, match pieces, or other debris.

WHILE BURNING:

  • Let it be. Never move a burning candle when the wax is liquid.
  • Keep your burn times less than four hours, and allow them to cool for at least two hours before re-lighting.
  • Don't burn your candle all the way to the base. Always extinguish your candle when 1/2 inch of wax remains, or if the flame comes too close to the container. 
  • Keep them separated. Always leave a margin of at least three inches between burning candles to ensure they don't melt each other or create drafts for one another. 
  • If a candle flickers, smokes, or the flame becomes too high (about 2 inches) then your candle isn't burning correctly. Extinguish it, let it cool, then trim the wick to less than 1/4 inch. Make sure there are no drafts, and then try again.  
  • Keep it in sight. Never leave a candle burning while you sleep, shower, walk the dog, or leave the room. When extinguishing, always make sure the wick embers also stop glowing. 
  • Make sure you're burning candles in a well ventilated area. It's best not to burn too many candles in a small room where air flow is limited. 
  • Never use a candle as a night light when you may fall asleep.
  • Use caution when using candles for light during a power outage. Battery powered lights are safer to use during an outage.
  • Keep candles out of reach of curious children and playful pets. 

WHEN EXTINGUISHING:

    • Use a snuffer if available to avoid hot wax splatters.
    • Never extinguish a candle with water. Water will cause the hot wax to splatter and could also shatter the glass container. 
    • Make sure the wick ember is completely extinguished and not glowing.
    • Avoid touching or moving the candle until the hot wax pool has cooled and is solid.
    • Never use a knife or other object to remove wax drippings from the glass container. The wax is soft and can be easily removed with a soft rag or paper towel.