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September 24, 2021 3 min read

Lighting and burning your candles can be quite a luxury to do, no matter what time of year it is. However, just like with any activity, it’s best to exercise a bit of caution to ensure that you aren’t sacrificing safety for pleasure.

In part one of this series, we discuss all the dos for burning your candles. Understanding and retaining those reminders is a step in the right direction, but there’s much more to learn. Knowing what to avoid is as important as what to do. Continue reading to learn about the don’ts with using your candles.

Don’t Keep the Candle Unattended

Always being attentive to the candle may be a bit of a basic rule, but most people will continue to forget it even after lighting up the candle. Don’t keep it unsupervised though, as it may cause a fire and damage to your place without you knowing.

This is especially true when you use your candles more than just a homey night in or when you’re in the back. Most people like leaving the candle burning as a night light when going to bed or a flashlight when there’s a blackout. Be conscious rather than careless.

Don’t Place the Candle Near Flammable Objects

Don’t just burn your candle in the same position when it’s near flammable objects. The last thing you’d want to deal with when you just want to relax with the beautiful scents of Caribbean teakwood and cinnamon buns is a house fire, after all.

Be sure to clear the place of anything that might go aflame, like drinking alcohol, rubbing alcohol, nail polish, aerosol, and the like. You can easily opt to find another part of the house to burn the candle in too, preferably somewhere you can still stay to keep tabs on the flame.

Don’t Let Kids or Pets Come Near the Candle

Kids or pets may love to watch the flame from the candle and smell how good it is, but it isn’t advisable to let them get closer to the candle. They may not have a proper understanding of the burns and injuries that they might get from the candle, so it’s better to keep them afar.

Don’t let their fingers or paws go anyway near the candle at all by keeping them out of reach. Instruct them about the distance they should keep. Exercise supervision and swoop the kids or pets away when they even come close to it.

Don’t Hold or Move the Candle While Burning

Unless you have a legitimate candle holder that allows you to transport the candle safely, don’t even think about holding or moving the candle while it’s alight. Burning your fingers off wouldn’t exactly be the best look either, after all. It’s better to wait a while until everything has cooled down right after to hold it the old-fashioned way.

Don’t Mess with the Candle’s Wax

Many candle owners hope to preserve the pristine condition of their prized jars and tins. However, messing directly with the wax, especially when it’s burning, will just get your fingers ablaze. As mentioned above, be sure to wait until everything has cooled down before touching or removing the drippings. Avoid using anything unnecessarily sharp when scraping them off.


Now that you’ve read through both articles, you should be fully equipped with the knowledge about the dos and don’ts of burning your candles. Practice optimal safety when playing with hot wax and fire to keep up the pleasant experience that you have.

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