Candle Safety

General Information

  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Always read and follow manufacturer’s instructions supplied with candles and candle holders.
  • Burn out of reach of children and pets.
  • Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer. Do not blow them out. Never use water to extinguish a candle.
  • Ensure candles are placed at least 10cm / 4 inches apart and allow headroom above the candle for the heat to disperse.
  • Ensure candles are burned away from flammable items.
  • Candles should be burned away from other sources of heat such as television sets and away from direct sunlight.
  • Candles should be burned in an area free from draughts.
  • Trim wick to 1cm / ½ inch before lighting or relighting. If the candle smokes, extinguish and trim the wick.
  • Remove all packaging and labels before use.
  • Use a suitable non-flammable holder.
  • Ensure candles are burned in an upright position.
  • To avoid damage to surfaces, always place candles and candle holders on a surface that will not be damaged by heat e.g. ceramic tiles or plates. Table mats are NOT suitable.
  • Do not move candles when lit or the wax is still liquid.
  • Novelty candles are designed to be decorative. Burn on a large holder as irregularly shaped novelty candles may drip profusely.
Safety Information For Tealights and Nightlights
  • Place holders on a surface that will not be damaged by heat. Do not burn on a television or other warm place.
  • Tealights are suitable for lanterns or for holders which have holes in them as the tealight case will hold the wax as it melts.
  • Nighlights are suitable for lighting uses. Do not use in food warmers or vaporisers.
  • Do not use in oil burners or lanterns where there is less than 8cm / 3 inches of space above the flame.

Safety Information For Glass, Tin and Ceramic wax filled items

  • Never let the flame come into contact with the container.
  • Place holders on a surface that will not be damaged by heat. Do not burn on a television or other warm place.
  • Do not use if the container is cracked, chipped or scratched.
  • Extinguish tin candles before replacing the lid.
  • Extinguish candle when ½cm / ¼inch of wax remains.
  • Do not place tin candles on their lids when burning

Safety Information For Tapered, Pillar and Tall Candles

  • When using dinner candles, ensure that there is a tight fit in the candle holder.
  • Candles with a diameter over 5cm / 2 inches should be burned on a spiked holder or flat dish.
  • Pillar candles over 6cm / 2½ inches should be burned for at least 4 hours at a time.
  • Allow wax to solidify before relighting.
  • Extinguish candle before flame reaches 2cm / 1 inch of the holder.

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