Public Education

Candle Safety

  1. Never leave a lit candle unattended. Extinguish the candle before leaving the room or going to sleep.
  2. Keep candles up high where children and pets won’t be able to reach them.
  3. Don’t place candles in windows or other areas where drafts can occur.
  4. Give candles their space. Keep them away from combustible materials (i.e. clothing, books, curtains, flammable decorations, etc).
  5. Never use a candle to look for things in a confined space (i.e. a closet, cupboard, etc).
  6. Keep candles away from flammable liquids (i.e. gasoline, kerosene, cooking oils, etc).
  7. Always use a candle holder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips of wax. Be sure the candle holder is placed on a stable, heat resistant surface.
  8. Keep candlewicks trimmed to 1/4 inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping.
  9. One of the safest ways to extinguish a candle is to use a candle snuffer. This helps prevent hot wax from spattering.
  10. Never extinguish a candle with water.
  11. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are a much safer source of light to use during a power failure.