Candle Burning Basics

Candle Burning Basics

Burning a candle is a simple and enjoyable way to add ambiance to any room, but it's important to do so safely. Here are a few tips to help you burn your candles safely and efficiently:

  1. Trim the wick: Before lighting your candle, use a wick trimmer or scissors to trim the wick to about 1/4 inch. This will prevent the flame from getting too big and causing soot to form on the candle or the surrounding area.

  2. Keep the candle in a safe place: Candles should be placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface, away from anything flammable or that could be knocked over. Keep the candle out of reach of children and pets.

  3. Burn the candle for at least 2 hours: When you first light a candle, it's important to let it burn for at least 2 hours. This will create a melt pool that reaches the edges of the candle.

  4. Burn candles for no more than 4 hours at a time: When you burn a candle for more than 4 hours, the heat can cause the candle to warp and the wax to get too hot. This can cause the candle to start smoking or even catch on fire.

  5. Don't burn a candle all the way down: It's best to stop burning a candle when there is about 1/2 inch of wax left at the bottom of the container. This will prevent the glass from getting too hot and cracking, and also prevent the wax from becoming a fire hazard.

  6. Never leave a burning candle unattended: Always keep an eye on a candle while it's burning, and never leave a burning candle unattended.

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy your candles safely and efficiently. Remember to use common sense and to always be aware of your candle's location and burn time. Happy candle burning!