CANDLE FIRE SAFETY RULES
NATIONAL CANDLE ASSOCIATION

 

•  Always keep a burning candle  within sight.  Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing

•  Never burn a candle  on or near anything that can catch fire.   Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

•  Keep burning candles  out of the reach of children and pets.

•  Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before  burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.

•  Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle  use.   The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

•  Be sure the candleholder is placed  on a stable,  heat-resistant surface.  This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.

•  Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris  at all times.

•  Always read and follow the manufacturer's use and safety instructions carefully.  Don't burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends.

•  Keep burning candles  away from drafts,  vents, ceiling  fans and air currents.  This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow nearby lightweight items into the flame where they could catch fire.

•  Always burn candles  in a well-ventilated room.   Don't burn too many candles in a small room or in a "tight" home where air exchange is limited.

•  Don't burn a candle  all the way down.  Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if in a container.

•  Never touch or move a burning candle  or container candle  when the wax is liquid.

•  Never use a knife or sharp object to remove  wax drippings from a glass holder.  It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.

•  Place burning candles  at least three inches apart from one another.  This helps ensure they don't melt one another, or create their own drafts to cause improper burning.

•  Use a snuffer  to extinguish a candle.    It's the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters.

•  Never extinguish candles  with water.   The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break.

•  Be very careful  if using candles  during  a power outage.   Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure.

•   Extinguish a candle  if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high.
The candle isn't burning properly. Cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before relighting.

•  Never use a candle  as a night light.