Trim candlewicks to 1⁄4 inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.
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.
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.
Keep the candle free from all foreign matter, matches etc. These can cause the candle to flare up.
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 1⁄2 inch if in a container.
The containers will become hot, protect the surface on which they are burning.
Ensure that the container is in good condition, free from chips, cracks, scratches. Never let the flame come into contact with the container.
When re-using any container for candles carefully remove, by washing, any residue wax and wick.
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.
Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Never use a candle as a night light.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
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.
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