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How to Safely Burn Candles This Fall & Winter

Candle Burning Safety Tips

The ambient glow of a candle helps brighten spirits on a particularly droll day but it can also increase the risk of a fire in your home. Following the proper precautions when burning candles can allow you to snuggle up under a blanket and relax instead of worrying about the safety of your home.

It Will Never Happen To Me

Many people live their lives thinking “it will never happen to me.” If you are one of those people then we applaud your positive outlook on life. But we also caution you that things can and will happen when you least expect it.

The Proof Is In the Pudding: A Real Life Example From Our Team Member

Earlier this year one of our employees was burning a candle in her bedroom. Her dog was in the far corner of the bedroom nestled comfortably in it’s bed. The employee left the room for a few minutes to take care of some things in another area of the house. She herd a clinking sound but assumed it was the dog and carried on about her business. A moment later the realization set in that the dog did not have anything in its reach that would make the sound of glass clinking. She went back to the bedroom to find a large flame had developed inside the candle jar. The flame was  reaching 1-2 inches above the opening of the jar. The heat from the flame within the jar had actually caused the glass jar to break in half completely.

Thankfully she was able to blow out the candle flame and move the jar to a heat resistant surface while it cooled.  But what if? What if she hadn’t heard the clink of the glass breaking?What if the flames had grown even larger and spread across the room before she could get her dog out of the bedroom?

How To Prevent This From Happening to You?

It will never happen to me is simply not a way to live. Ignoring responsible candle burning tips is too risky. Insurance can most certainly build back the home or personal belongings that you lost but even it cannot replace a pet or a loved one.

Here are a few tips from the candle experts at Yankee Candle Company that the public so often ignores or may not even know!

  • Always trim the wick to 1/8 inch before lighting.
  • Keep the pool of wax clear from wick trimmings, matches or debris.
  • Avoid burning candles near drafts, vents or air currents.
  • Always keep the candle within your sight.
  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly.
  • Always use a candle holder designed for candle use and pay attention to the companies recommendations on burn time.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Yankee Candle Company specifically recommends that you discontinue burning when 1/2 inch of wax remains.


To see Yankee Candle Companies full list of tips click here.

Happy Fall and Stay Safe Y’all!