Top Tips and Safety Precautions
Candles are meant to be enjoyed, but it is important that you care for your candle and follow some commonsense safety rules when burning them.
The First Burn is the Most Important. When you light your candle for the first time, always allow the wax to burn so that it melts across the entire surface to the edges and pools to the edges of the container. This will effectively assist in preventing tunnelling and help promote an even burn for the duration of the candle's life.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish all candles when you leave a room or before going to sleep. If your candle contains flowers or herbs this point is especially important to take note of. As the wax melts the flowers and herbs can move closer to the wick and in some cases catch alight. If this occurs don't panic, extinguish your candle and with care relocate the flowers or herbs to the outer edge of your candle.
- Follow the 2-foot rule - don't place a burning candle within two feet of clothing, books, curtains or anything flammable.
- Keep lit candles away from draughts, ceiling fans and any air currents. Any form of air current can cause uneven burning, smoking, diminish the scent throw and even decrease the burn time.
- Trim the wick to 0.5mm each before each new burn. This helps prevent the flame from getting too large.
- Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
- Place candle holders on a stable, heat-resistant surface that is sturdy and large enough to catch any melted wax.
- Place burning candles at least 10cm 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.
- For safety reasons stop using your candle once there is 1cm of wax left in the bottom of the jar.
- Do not burn the candle if the container is cracked, chipped, scratched or damaged in any way.
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