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Safe Candle Burning Tips

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.


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.

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