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Candle Safety

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Always be carfeul when using candles in your home. In 2013-14 candles caused a total of 385* injuries.

  • Make sure candles are secured in a proper holder and away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains.
  • Children should not be left alone with lit candles. Put candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re put out completely at night.
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping. 
  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
  • Don’t move candles once they are lit. 
  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and proper use. 
  • Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring (mainly with tea-lights). 
  • Use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles.  It’s safer than blowing them out when sparks can fly.

Watch our candle safety video 

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