Why is candle safety important?
Candles can be a sensual and decorative way to add a bit of ambiance to a space. It is important to remember, however, that once a candle is lit it becomes a potential fire hazard. So enjoy your candles, but follow some basic guidelines to ensure the safety of yourself and your family, as well as to protect your belongings from fire damage.
Candle Safety Checklist
- Trim wick to 1/4” to prevent sooting and smoking.
- Keep matches and other materials out of the wax.
- Keep candles a safe distance from other objects, and at least 3” from each other when burning.
- Always set candles on a stable surface.
- Do not burn for more than 4 hours at a time (Less time for smaller candles like votives).
- Keep burning candles out of drafts.
- Burn candles in a well ventilated room.
- Do not move candle while burning.
- Do not burn candle beyond the bottom 1/2” of wax.
- Keep out of reach of children and pets.
- Use a snuffer to extinguish candles to lesson risk of hot wax splatter. (Never use water.)
- If flame is too high or too smokey, extinguish candle, trim wick, then relight.
- Never leave a candle burning unattended.
- Most candle fires start in the bedroom. Do not fall asleep with a lit candle burning.
- Follow all warning instructions on the candle label.
For more information about candles and candle safety visit the National Candle Association at