Candle Use and Safety Tips
Accidental candle fires account for
approximately 5 percent
of all U.S. Residential fires
How to Burn a Candle Safely

Before lighting
Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven
burning, dripping or flaring.
Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant,
sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
Place the candleholder on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and
excessive dripping.
Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and proper use.

While burning
Never touch or move a burning candle. Never move a votive or container candle when the wax
is liquefied.
Don't burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle
when 2 inches of wax remains (1/2 inch if in a container).
Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool,
trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting.
Always keep the candle within your sight. If you are going to leave the room, be sure to first
blow out all candles.

When extinguishing
Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to prevent hot wax from
Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might
break a glass container.
Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving
the room.
Don't touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.
A study by the U.S. Safety
Commission suggests that
percent of candle fires could
be avoided
if consumers A
study by the U.S. followed
three basic three basic safety
safety rules:
Never leave a
burning candle
Never burn a
candle on
anything anything
that might catch
Keep candles out
of children and
The National Candle Association (NCA)

is the major trade association representing
U.S. Candle manufacturers and their suppliers.  

The Candle Association web site is at:
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