Candles are safe when used properly but it’s best to keep in mind that the flame of a candle is an open fire and therefore unpredictable.
While lanterns, candelabras and displays provide ambience, it is best to focus attention on safety aspects as well. Lanterns and surfaces must be able to withstand heat. In addition, lanterns should be sturdy and spacious. Lanterns unsuited for a particular candle may cause the molten paraffin to catch fire.
Take precautions.A burning candle is always unpredictable therefore take care when burning.
Always watch a burning candle.Never leave a burning candle unattended. Make sure that the last person to leave a room puts the candles out.
Always place a candle on a fireproof surface.Place candles on heat resistant, fireproof surfaces such as glass, metal, porcelain or stone. It would also be wise to place tealights, lanterns and candelabras onto fireproof surfaces as well.
Do not place objects on to the candle.Foreign objects such as matches might cause a fire hazard.
Keep candles away from children and pets.Do not leave children or pets alone with a burning candle or matches. Make sure to warn children of the dangers of candles and playing with matches.
Do not move a burning candle.The paraffin of a burning candle is extremely hot and may cause severe burns.
Remember to keep your distance.The safe area varies according to the diameter of the product. Matches should be no closer then 5cm from a candle and able candles should be spaced 10-15 cm of each other. Outdoor candles should be placed no closer then 1-1,5meters from flammable objects and pathways depending on the diameter of the candle.
Avoid placing the candle in a drafty location.The flame of a candle is sensitive to drafts. A draft coming from an air conditioner or window might make the candle burn unpredictably with a danger of a fire hazard if there is flammable material close by.
Extinguish the flame by smothering.Always extinguish a candle by smothering, not by blowing. Also water is not to be poured on the candle.
Place the candle away from flammable materials.Ensure that there are no flammable materials near, next to or above the candle. Take extra care with curtains and avoid paper, plastic and other flammable decorations. Do not place the candle on top of a television or wooden or plastic furniture.
Cut the wick to 1 cm in length before lighting the candle.