|Candle Use and Safety Tips
|Accidental candle fires account for approximately 5 percent
of all U.S. Residential fires.
How to Burn a Candle Safely
Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause
uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant,
sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
Place the candleholder on a 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.
Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and proper use.
Never touch or move a burning candle. Never move a votive or container 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 2 inches of wax remains (1/2 inch if in a container).
Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle
cool, 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, be sure to
first blow out all candles.
Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to prevent hot wax from
Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might
break a glass container.
Make sure the candle is completely 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.
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|The National Candle Association (NCA) is the major trade
association representing U.S. Candle manufacturers and their
suppliers. The Candle Association web site is at: