Christmas Candle Safety

Avoid creating a fire hazard

While candles and Christmas go hand and hand, please ensure your Christmas remains merry and bright by following these candle safety tips:

  1. Put out all candles before leaving the house or going to bed

  2. Never burn candles near flammable materials

  3. Keep candles out of reach of children and pets

  1. Keep candle wicks trimmed to ¼ inch

  2. Never burn the candle longer than the manufacturer recommended time

  3. Keep the candle wax pool clear of burnt wick pieces, matches and debris

  4. Only use heat resistant candleholders

  5. Keep the candle out of drafts, vents and air ducts

  6. Only burn candles in a well ventilated room

  7. When less than 2 inches of the candle remains (1/2 inch in holders), throw out the candle.

  8. If burning multiple candles, keep 3 inches between each candle.

  9. Put out candles with a candle snuff, which prevents wax splatters

  10. Never touch a burning candle

If you notice your candle is smoking it doesn't necessarily mean it's a safety concern. Smoking candles occur when the flame starts to flicker. This flickering is caused by drafts; simply move the candle. If the smoke is very dark, it means there's a soot build up on the wick. Keeping the wick trimmed to ¼ inch will remove the excess soot.

To make your candles last, keep these pointers in mind:

  1. Candles should be kept in a dry and dark storage place to prevent warping.

  2. Clean old candles with a soft cloth moistened with salad oil.

  3. Freeze candles for an hour to make them drip less and burn longer.

  4. Charred wicks light instantly and slightly burned candles show good hospitality.

  5. Collect candle wax and melt. Dip with new wicks to create your own candles to be enjoyed again.

  6. Protect areas that have lit candles with plastic tablecloths, candleholders, aluminum foil or wooden displays.

  7. Keep areas clean that have spilled wax. Wood can be cleaned with a mixture of vinegar and water.

  8. Lightly coat candlestick holders with vegetable spray to make cleaning of wax easier.
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