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Candle Safety

  • Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles away from items that can catch fire.
  • Use candleholders that are sturdy, won't tip over easily, are made from a material that can't burn and are large enough to collect dripping wax.
  • Don't place lit candles in windows, where blinds and curtains can close over them.
  • Place candleholders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface and do not use candles in places where they could be knocked over by children or pets.
  • Keep candlewicks trimmed to one-quarter inch and extinguish taper and pillar candles when they get to within two inches of the holder or decorative material.
  • Candles should be extinguished before the last half-inch of wax starts to melt.
  • Avoid candles with combustible items embedded in them.
  • Use extreme caution if you carry a lit candle, holding it well away from clothing and any combustibles that may be near the path along which you walk, and avoid loose, flowing clothing that is not flame-resistant.
  • Place candles on stable surfaces in sturdy holders that grip the candle securely and won't tip over.
  • Never move a container candle when the wax is liquid.