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September 24, 2021 3 min read

Candles can be extremely lovely to have in the home. Burning one usually brings forth such wonderful scents, from classic vanilla to luxurious lavender and a whole lot more. Plus, you get to illuminate a corner of your home thanks to the flame it provides.

However, as wonderful as candles can be, there’s definitely a method to all the madness. It’s important to take the proper safety precautions when burning them as they do produce fire at the end of the day. In the first of two articles, we will be discussing what you should do in order to burn your candles safely. Keep reading to learn more.

Do Trim the Wick

When you receive your candles, giving them a quick whiff will allow you to catch some of the fragrance it has. They usually come with a wick that’s just way too long. Do take care in trimming the wick a tad bit before lighting. 

Just shortening the candle to about 3-5 mm of the candle’s surfaces would be lovely, as it would be able to melt the wax and release the scent that it has. When burning the candle once more, you can opt to trim the wick again. It would help you avoid any dripping or flaring, after all.

Do Extinguish the Candle Properly

When you’ve had enough of the candle burning, remember to extinguish the candle properly. It’s best to do it after three to four hours. You can choose to kill the candle’s flame earlier than that, but never later.

The safest way to extinguish a candle is to use up a snuffer. This quick puff of air ensures no wax splutters and that the fire dies immediately. Don’t forget to completely wait until it’s extinguished, as some people may leave with the wick still glowing, tempted to go aflame.

Do Light the Candle in a Well-Ventilated Room

It’s best that the candle will be lit and burned in a well-ventilated room. Having lots of available air, especially if you’re burning many candles at once, would be a good way of keeping the fire stable and alive. 

Do be wary of drafts or air currents that can blow the fire into the direction of something flammable, though. You want to have just enough oxygen for the candle to stay alive while controlling the environment it’s in.

Do Use a Heat-Resistant Candle Holder

A candle does entail fire, which ultimately provides heat. The wax itself can be particularly scalding. It’s best to be careful when handling the candle, all before, during, and after it’s alight. Getting a heat-resistant candle holder would be a good investment for any regular candle user. Alternatively, you can look for a heat-resistant surface.

Do Check the Manufacturer’s Instructions

Lastly, a good piece of advice to keep your safety is to read through the candle manufacturer’s actions. Each candle can be rather unique, so it may have its own safety guidelines during burning. Always check the label and website before getting your lighter out and burning the candle just to be sure.


Learning all the dos for your candles should foolproof your approach to handling and burning. Safety is a matter of taking the correct steps that can help minimize any risks or failures, after all. Remember to stay tuned for part two, where we will be discussing all the don’ts.

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