If you're a candle lover like us, then you probably have a candle lit it your home right now! With the cold weather here, there is no better feeling than lighting your favorite candle to make your home feel cozy and inviting. If you're someone who loves to have candles lit at all times, you should be aware that there can be serious consequences to not using candles responsibly. Here are our top tips to burn your favorite candles safely in your home!
TRIM THE WICK
Always trim the wick to 1/4 inch. A wick that is longer will produce more smoke and create a flame that is too large. Your candle will also burn quicker and not last as long. A wick that is shorter risks not being able to catch a flame when trying to light due to not enough wick material or the possibility of wax accumulating on the wick.
THE 4 HOUR MARK
It can be tempting to light a candle as soon as you wake up and let it burn freely for the rest of the day, but you could be putting yourself and your loved ones in danger if you let a candle go for too long! Only burn your candle for about 4 hours at a time. After the 4 hour mark, blow out the candle and trim the wick. This will ensure that your candle will last longer and is a good reminder to trim the wick. Once trimmed, you can light the candle again.
Make sure that your candle is lifted from the surface that it is burning on. For example, our glass jars have a thick bottom and that allows room between the burning candle and surface. Our tins have small, round risers on the bottom that also allows room and air flow. Some vessels have thinner bottoms or bottoms with no risers to allow air flow. If this is the case, make sure to light your candle on a candle safe coaster to protect the surface you are burning your candle on, especially if the surface is wood!
REACH THE FULL MELT POOL
When burning your candle for the first time, make sure your candle reaches a full melt pool. This means that the wax is fully melted from edge to edge. This will help prevent the candle from tunneling and will ensure that your candle lasts as long as possible.
Use caution when burning candles around pets and children. Burn candles on elevated surfaces away from pets/children. Make sure the surrounding areas are clear of anything that could catch on fire. Make sure to extinguish your candle properly, using a snuffer is the safest way! Extinguish your candle before leaving your house.
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