I get asked a lot about safety tips & advice from customers who have bought candles or tealights from us and want to use them safely at home.

There are 3 “Basics of Candle Safety” which are: –

1/ Never leave a burning candle or tealight 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.

Here is some advice on the proper way to burn a candle ;-

Before lighting…

– Trim the wick to 5 mm each time before burning. The safest way to do this is with a wick trimmer. Note that long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
– Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
– Place the candleholder/tealight holder on a flat, stable, heat-resistant surface.
– Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
– Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting and excessive dripping.

While burning…

– Never touch or move a burning candle. And never ever move a candle when the wax is liquefied.
– Don’t burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when a minimum 1 cm of wax remains.
– Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Leave the candle to cool, then 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, enure you 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, as it can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container.
– Make sure the candle has been completely put out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
– Don’t touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled downq.

So, follow this advice and use your own common sence at all times and your candles & tealights will make your house feel like a home.

Thanks for reading my Blog.
If you have any additional advice, please leave it in the Comments box below – Paul