Candle Safety

The following steps will help minimize your risk when you burn candles in your home.

  • Follow the instructions printed on the label.

  • Trim candlewicks to a height of 1/4 inch before each time you light the candle.
  • Use well-ventilated candle holders that are sturdy and will not tip over. Use caution with glass candle holders, which can break when they get too hot.
  • Once your candle has a full melt pool all the way to the bottom, use your snuffer to extinguish and discontinue use. Usually at about 1/2 inch of wax left.
  • Do not burn for more than 4 hours at time.
  • Never drop objects, like matches, into candles.
  • Keep burning candles away from materials that can catch fire (like curtains, decorations, and clothing). If your clothes catch fire, “Stop, Drop, and Roll.”
  • Keep burning candles out of reach of children and pets.
  • Do not leave candles burning with no one in the room.
  • Extinguish all candles before you go to sleep.
  • Teach your children to be careful around open flames. Make sure they understand that candles are not toys or something they can eat or drink.  


Canadian Reference