Caution when using candles

Many people without electricity will be using candles as a light source tonight, here are a few safety tips.


  • Do not leave candles burning unless an adult is present in the room.
  • Do not use candles while you sleep.
  • Keep candles in stable metal, glass or ceramic containers.
  • Keep lit candles in locations that are inaccessible to children and pets.
  • Candles should not be used where there are drafts or air currents (A/C, ceiling fans, windows).  Drafts cause unequal burning, rapid melting, and excessive dripping.
  • Stop using a candle when it gets down to two inches tall (1/2 inch if in a container).
  • Keep a one-foot radius clear space around candles.  No fabric, paper, or any combustible should be within this clear space (this includes curtains, bedding, newspaper, etc.).  Ensure you have enough clear space above a candle too.
  • Avoid burning a candle for more than four hours
  • Don’t move a lighted candle.  Put it out, then move it, then re-light it.
  • Never move a candle with a liquid wax pool.  Let it cool first and then move it.
  • Keep wicks trimmed to 1/4” or less.  Long wicks create tall flames that can burn in irregular patterns.
  • Be cautious with fragrances in gel candles or around any candles.  DO NOT add your own fragrance.  Many fragrances are highly flammable and are not compatible with gel candles.
  • Keep safe.


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