What should I know about using candles safely?
Candles are safe when burned properly, responsibly and according to manufacturer directions. Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that a burning candle is an open flame, and thus a potential fire hazard if not monitored carefully.
Is my candle biodegradable?
Probably. Studies have shown that beeswax, paraffin and vegetable-based waxes are biodegradable. The vast majority of candles today are made primarily from these waxes.
Are scented candles safe?
Yes. When a candle burns, the wax is drawn into the wick, where it is “consumed” by the candle flame to produce water vapor and carbon dioxide. The only difference with a scented candle is that a small amount of fragrance is released as well.
Reputable candle manufacturers use only fragrances that are approved for burning in candles. They also carefully monitor the addition of fragrance to ensure that the candle will burn cleanly and properly.
What causes a candle to smoke and what can I do about it?
A well-made candle will create virtually no smoke when burning properly. Consumers often incorrectly believe their candles are sooting because of the wax type, fragrance, colorants or additives used in the candle’s formulation, but sooting is primarily due to flame and combustion disturbances. If the wick becomes too long, or an air current disturbs the flame’s teardrop shape, small amounts of unburned carbon particles (soot) will escape from the flame as a visible wisp of smoke. Any candle will soot if the flame is disturbed.
To avoid this, always trim the wick to ¼ inch before every use and be sure to place candles away from drafts, vents or air currents. If a candle continually flickers or smokes, it is not burning properly and should be extinguished. Allow the candle to cool, trim the wick, make sure the area is draft free, then re-light.
Why are candles so popular?
Candles are perhaps one of the most enjoyable and affordable luxury items available to everyone. They are beautiful and magical, infusing the home with color and fragrance. They can create a special warmth and ambiance to bring a special sense of calm and well-being.
What are the basic need to know about burning a candle safely at home?
Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish all candles when you leave a room or before going to sleep. Trim wick to 1/4 inch before lighting
Follow the 2 foot rule - don't place a burning candle near clothing, books, curtains or anything flammable.
Keep lit candles away from drafts, ceiling fans and any air currents.
Trim the wick to one-quarter inch each time the candle is lit. This helps prevent the flame from getting too large.
Place candle holders on a stable, heat-resistant surface that is sturdy and large enough to catch any melted wax.
Extinguish a candle if the flame gets too close to the candle holder or container.
Place burning candles at least 3 inches apart from one another.
A burning candle should not be used as a nightlight.
A candle should not be burned for more than four hours at a time.
Don’t burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1/2 inch of wax remains in the container