Candle Burning Tips
These tips are not only for safety reasons, but for pleasant burning
of your candles!
When lighting a candle for the first time,
allow the candle to burn long enough to create
a maximum melt pool. Smaller candles may only
require a couple of hours, while larger candles
may need about four hours. The size of the melt pool
is determined during its first burn session.
If a candle only forms a small melt pool, it
will tunnel while burning, which does not
make for an appealing candle.
Avoid placing candles in the way of drafts to
prevent rapid and uneven burning. This also will
prevent the wick from smoking.
Wicks can occasionally become clogged with
residue from burning. This will cause the
candle to not burn properly. One way to solve
this is to snuff out the candle and trim the wick
and relight it. Sometimes, a metal pick, such
as a poultry lacer can be used to run up alongside
the wick a few times, loosening any debris.
If burning multiple pillar candles, be sure to
place them a few inches apart from one another
to keep them from melting one another, which can
cause uneven burning or melt the sides of the candles.
Keep wicks trimmed to about a quarter of an inch.
For better indoor air quality, snuff your
candles out rather than blowing them out,
either by using a candle snuffer or you can
also use a fork that you are no longer using
To use a fork, start at base wick and work upward.
Store your candles in a cool place.
It's important to use good judgment when
burning candles and all necessary safety
precautions should always be taken.
Although some of the safety tips may be
obvious, there could be some things you
haven't thought of ... and you can never
be too careful!
Here are just a few of the many precautions
that should be taken whenever maintaining
a lit candle ...
Never leave a burning candle unattended
for any reason.
Keep lit candles out of reach from children.
Keep lit candles out of reach from pets ...
this includes areas where your pet may accidentally
tip a candle over (either with tail, paw, toys, etc.)
Always keep lit candles at least a foot and
a half away from any curtains, fabric, tie-backs,
or any fabric that could catch fire.
If placing a candle on a tablecloth, make sure that
it is on a fire-resistant plate and place the candle
near the center of the table so there is no chance
of a long, draping tablecloth being blown or tossed
up into the candle. Use extreme caution with paper
Keep burning candles on a heat-resistant surface
that is stable ... fold-out tables which can easily
be kicked or knocked over are not safe options.
If your surface is made of wood, place your candle
on a glass, ceramic, or metal plate or candle holder.
Do not use cloth doilies directly under a lit candle ...
place the candle on a glass or ceramic plate,
then you may place the plate on a doily.
When using tall candle holders for tapers,
place in a secluded area where they will not
be toppled over.
Select placement of your candles during gatherings
carefully. Be especially aware of placement where
guest activity is most abundant. Avoid placing candles
in entry ways or near coat rooms where frequent drafts
or heavy foot traffic are most likely. Also, avoid placing
candles on low end-tables or in places where flowing
garments of passers-by may come in contact with a
Be careful not to place a lit candle near anything
that is flammable or combustible. This includes
placing a lit candle on a bookshelf or end-table
where there may be a wooden shelf above the candle.
Also be cautious of hanging baskets, dried floral
Never walk with a burning candle, just in case you
should trip or fall.
After extinguishing a candle, stay to make sure it is
completely out and that the wick ember is no long
glowing before leaving the room.
Do not use a candle to check for natural gas leaks or
to look into a clothes closet for any reason.
Keep all ribbons, decorative toppers, and other
fabrics away from a burning candle.
Never extinguish a candle with water, as it will cause the wax to splatter.
Some candles are made with longer wick tabs,
which means that they will self-extinguish when
the candle has burned down near the bottom.
Most candles give instructions regarding
when to consider the candle finished.
With gel candles, fragrance oil can
accumulate at the bottom and can become
too hot, so, to be safe, they should no longer
be burned when they have reached about a half
inch from the bottom of the container.
Common sense when burning candles goes a long way!