How to safely burn a candle at home and make it last longer?
Here are a few tips to safely burn your candles at home and make them last a long time.
- Be sure to trim the wick to 1/4 inch prior to burning the candle each time. You can use a scissor or a wick trimmer that allows for better reach of the wick to be trimmed.
- Keep wax free of debris and wick trimmings.
- Place the candle on a level, stable, heat-resistant surface.
- Always keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Avoid placing candles where they could be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
- Never leave a candle burning unattended or while sleeping. Make sure to extinguish all candles first before leaving the room and going to bed. Make sure it is completely out and that there is no glow coming from the wick ember.
- Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This helps avoid uneven, rapid burning of the candle and sooting.
- Do not touch or move a candle while it is burning and when wax is still hot. Wait for the candle wax to be cooled completely and solidified before attempting to touch or move.
- Do not burn the candle for more than 4 hours at time. Allow time for the wax to melt from edge to edge. This helps avoid overheating of the candle container and provide an even burn of the candle without tunneling.
- Do not burn a candle when there is less than 1/2 inch of wax left at the bottom of the container.
- Use a candle snuffer or wick dipper to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to extinguish a candle. We have found the wick dipper to be the best method as it leaves no residual smoke.
- Never use water to extinguish a candle flame. This can cause flames to go out of control, hot wax to splatter, or the vessel to break.
- Make sure to store candles covered in a cool, dry, dark place away from sunlight when not in use.
Follow these guidelines when burning candles in your home. Not only will it provide safety, but you will get better results that will last you a long time when burning your candles.