Safe Candle Burning Tips

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Being a mother of a toddler who loves to touch everything within her reach, the importance of safety whilst burning candles is a top priority.

When decorating your home, candles are often one of the top suggestions for an inexpensive decor item. People are using candles more frequently for special occasions, mood-setters, and home decorative pieces. While candles are a great way to enhance your home or office space, open flames can be very dangerous. Each year an estimated 23,600 fires are caused by candles, which is why we suggest warming your favourite candle with a safe and practical candle warming appliance.

We’ve learned that life can throw anything your way and safety shouldn’t be put on the back burner. Candle Warmers Etc. was established on the principle of safe candle use. Founder Bart Kennington brought the first plate-style warmer to market in 2001 after a neighbour’s house was destroyed by a candle-sparked fire. This incident led Kennington to create a safer solution for candle lovers.

Thankfully you don’t have to compromise a great smelling home for your safety! Going Flameless with Candle Warmers, Etc. is a practical way to warm your favourite scents all while providing your home with a stylish decor piece.  Not to mention, you can make your candles last longer by warming the rest of that wax where the wick is normally unreachable with burning.

Our “Practice Candle-sense, Go Flameless” public awareness initiative is aimed at increasing the consumer’s understanding for how to safely enjoy candles. “For example, a Candle Warmer Lamp heats the candle from the top to release the fragrance quickly,” said Candle Warmers Etc. President Chris Barnes.  “Without a flame, the customer benefits from the soft glow that’s cast from the lamp’s opalescent shade. It’s really the best of both worlds, and eliminates the worry altogether.”

Enjoy the fragrance of a lit candle, without flame, soot, or other pollutants!


Now we understand that  many of you prefer to burn candles the traditional way. The beauty of a flickering candle flame or crackling wooden wick is so satisfying. Therefore we have put together these tips so you get the best and safest candle burning experience.


    • 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 candle wicks to 6mm each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.
    • Always use a candle-holder 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 candle-holder 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 5cm of wax remains or 1.5cm 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 8cm 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.


For optimal burning, candles should achieve a full melt pool on the first burn. This means burn the wax all the way to the edge of the candle, this usually takes 1 -2 hours. This is because soy wax has a memory effect. This means if you only burn a small melt pool the wax will remember this and all subsequent burns will only burn to this size pool effectively causing a tunnelling effect and an uneven burn.

WOOD WICKS: With wood wick candles always keep the wicks trimmed to 5mm approx for best burn. If the wick is too long it can not absorb the wax properly to burn. Your first burn should last 60+ minutes so the wax can melt evenly. An uneven wax pool can drown the wooden wick & cause lighting problems. To preserve longevity of scent in the candle, do not burn longer than 4 hours at a time. Be sure to gently snap off the ash or top of the burned section along the top edge and then light as usual. Follow all other candle safety guidelines above.


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