How do I burn candles safely?

What candle burning safety rules do I need to follow?

Candles are meant to be enjoyed, but it is important that you follow some common sense safety rules when burning them.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish all candles when you leave a room or before going to sleep.

  • Follow the 2 foot rule - don't place a burning candle near clothing, books, curtains or anything flammable.

  • Keep lit candles away from drafts, ceiling fans and any air currents.
  • Trim the wick to one-quarter inch each time the candle is lit. This helps prevent the flame from getting too large.

  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

  • Place candle holders on a stable, heat-resistant surface that is sturdy and large enough to catch any melted wax.

  • Always read and follow manufacturers' directions for use and safety, and extinguish a candle if the flame gets too close to the candle holder or container.

  • Place burning candles at least 3 inches apart from one another.

  • A burning candle should not be used as a nightlight.

  • A candle should not be burned for more than four hours at a time.
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