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Safe Candle Burning Tips

Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning, and keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris, and never 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 ½ inch if in a container, and never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid. Extinguish candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high.

Keep your burning candle within sight, and make sure to extinguish candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keeping candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents 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.


Be sure the glass jar is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces, and always keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.

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