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Helpful Candle Hints

Store candles in a cool, dark and dry place.

Candles may fade if left in bright light for an extended period of time. Avoid placing candles where they may be exposed to harsh outdoor light or indoor spotlights.

Candles should always be burned in or on a candle holder. Be sure to choose a holder that is heat resistant, sturdy, and large enought to contain any drippings or melted wax.

Never use a knife or other sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder: it might scratch, weaken or break the glass.

A candle snuffer is an elegant and safe way to extinguish a candle and avoid wax spatters.
 
Candle Safety Rules

Never leave a burning candle unattended.

Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.

Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.

Always read and follow the manufacturer`s use and safety instructions carefully.

Always use an appropriate candleholderplaced on a stable, heat-resistant surface.

Trim the wick to 1/4 inch before each use.

Keep burning candles away from drafts.

Extinguish any candle if it smokes or flickers repeatedly or the flame becomes too high. Cool, trim wick, check for drafts and re-light.

Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.

Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

Do not allow the flame to come too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1/2 inch of wax remains.

Never touch or move a container candle when the wax is liquid.

Place lighted candles at least 3 inches apart.
 
Frequently Asked Questions

What goes into a typical candle?

A candle consists primarily of wax and a wick. Candles may also contain colorant, fragrance, and minor additives.

What happens when a candle burns?

When a candle burns, the flame "consumes" the wax to produce water vapor and carbon dioxide, the same by products that humans produce when exhaling.

What causes a candle to smoke?

If a wick becomes too long, or an air current disturbs the flame's teardrop shape, small amounts of unburned carbon particles (soot) will escape in a visible wisp of smoke. To avoid this, trim wicks to 1/4 inch before every use and burn candles out of drafts.

Should I be concerned about candle soot?

All candles produce minuscule amounts of soot (carbon), due to incomplete combustion. This is similar to the soot given off by toasters and cooking oils used in the kitchen. These everyday household sources of soot are not considered a health concern.

What kinds of waxes are used in candles?

The most common candle wax is paraffin, which has been used for decades to produce a clean and consistent burn. Beeswax, vegetable wax, gels, synthetic waxes and blends of waxes are also used frequently in candles.

Is one type of wax better than another?

No. All types of candle waxes perform well and burn safely when they are of high quality and properly formulated.

Do scented candles produce excess smoke?

No. Although scented candles may contain more oils than unscented ones, a well-made scented candle should not smoke. Wicks that are too long and flickering flames are the primary causes of smoking, so trim wicks before burning and always keep candles away from drafts and vents.

Should I be worried about candles emitting lead or other harmful pollutants?

Members of the National Candle Association (which accounts for 90% of candles made in the U.S.) do not use lead wicks, and reputable candle manufactureres use only ingredients known to be safe. A properly formulated, steady burning candle produces harmless water vapor and carbon dioxide.
 

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