|General Safety for
Never leave a burning candle
Keep burning candles away from
children and pets.
Do not place near flammable
objects such as curtains, walls, etc.
Place on a protected, heat resistant,
Keep candle free of wick trimmings,
matches, or other foreign matter that could be a fire hazard.
Avoid burning in drafts.
Avoid walking with lit candles.
Keep wick trimmed to 1/4 inch
at all times to avoid carbon build up on the wick (mushrooming), dark
smoking, and soot in the air and on walls or furniture.
Allow candle to cool before
trimming wick or relighting.
To avoid glass containers shattering:
Do not burn a candle in a container that is chipped or cracked. Do
not allow candle to burn completely down to the bottom of container, stop
about 1/2 inch short. Do not allow flame to touch sides of container.
Containers may become very hot,
handle with care!
Allow candle to cool before
replacing lid on jar.
Container candles & votive
containers should be set in a wire holder or on a trivet to protect surfaces
from heat. Hot candle jars can damage furniture.
All candles, especially highly
scented ones, will produce some smoke and soot, but proper burning (keeping
wick trimmed and avoiding drafts, etc.) will help eliminate this problem.
Burn candles 1 hour for each
inch of it's diameter. This allows the flame time to melt the wax
to the outer edge. Burning less time will cause the candle to core
burn down the middle & shorten burn time. Example: a 3" wide
candle should be burned for 3 hours at a time.
Use toenail clippers to trim
wicks in jars in which scissors won't fit.
Candles will fade if left in
direct sunlight or spotlights for extended periods of time.
Before a party, light and extinguish
candles. They will light more quickly and easily later.
Candles (generally tapers or
pillars) refrigerated before using will burn more slowly and evenly.
Wrap in foil or plastic before refrigeration to prevent wicks from absorbing
To extinguish a candle, use
a candle snuffer, or hold fingers in front of the flame and blow.
This will prevent hot wax from splattering on furniture.
If a wick becomes too short
to light, carve away enough wax to expose the fresh wick, then trim 1/4
inch off the top of the candle and burn the candle to reform it's appearance.
Crooked burning: If wick
moves off center, use a butter knife to gently push it back to center.
If there is a draft, rotating the candle can help.
If soot builds up inside container,
clean with a paper towel & lighter fluid or Windex. Wipe over
the cleaned area with water dampened paper towel afterward. Allow the container
to dry thoroughly before relighting. Baby wipes work as well!
Clean soiled or scratched candles
with old nylons or use a touch of salad oil on a soft cloth.
Remove wax from holders by running
very hot water over them.
To remove wax from washable
fabrics, scrape off excess wax and run boiling water through the material.