At &Sister we are delighted that self-care and natural, essential oil aromatherapy candles are now becoming more popular in the home. Because, as our sister Natalie says "You can never have too many candles in the home!!". To ensure safety and optimal candle burning joy we are sharing a few 'dos and don'ts' when burning candles at home.
Although natural candles have become a joyful and key element to home relaxation and markers for special occasions creating a special atmosphere, they must always be treated with caution and care.
- Aways put candles on a heart resistant surface, away from flammable materials such as fabric, furniture, clothes and hair that can come into contact with the naked flame.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Keep your candles out of reach from children, pets and the vulnerable.
- Keep your candle upright and static when lit. Extinguish candles before moving them.
- Keep the candle wax clear from matches and other debris.
- Do not let melted hot wax come into contact with anything.
- Keep them out of draughts and make sure there’s at least three feet (one metre) between a candle and any surface above it. The heat above a candle can be great and must be kept clear.
- Ideally, use a snuffer or a spoon to extinguish a candle flame. It’s safer than blowing, which can send sparks and hot wax flying.
- Always leave at least 10cm between burning candles.
- Trim wick to 5mm before lighting.
- Always double check your candles are out, smouldering candles can also be a danger.
- Don’t burn a candle all the way down. We recommend leaving 5mm of wax in the container. This avoids the container becoming too hot and effecting the surface below.
Advice gathered from https://www.fireservice.co.uk/safety/candles/