Candles are safe to use when burned properly. Please follow these simple instructions for safe, trouble-free burning:
-Never leave a burning candle unattended.
-Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
-Always burn candles on a heat resistant surface.
-Trim wicks to 1/4 inch before burning.
-Keep wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch at all times, even during your burning session.
-Never burn candles when less than 1/2 inch of wax remains in the container.
-Keep candles away from drafts, vents and flammable objects.
-Use only candle holders manufactured for use with candles.
-Keep matches and other debris out of the candle.
-Extinguish the flame if it burns too close to the container or holder.
-Do not move glass containers when the wax is liquid.
If your candle begins to smoke, extinguish the flame, trim the wick to 1/4 inch or less, ensure that it is in a draft-free location, and re-light.
Candle Facts from the National Candle Association:
No specific type of wax or wax blend is considered "Best" for candle-making.
All candle waxes-when provided in high quality format-have been shown to burn cleanly and safely.
No candle wax has ever been shown to be toxic or harmful to human health.
There is no such thing as soot-free wax.
All organic compounds when burned will emit some carbon (soot) due to incomplete combustion. Sooting is primarily a factor of wick length and disturbance of the flame's steady teardrop shape.
Reputable candle manufacturers use only high-quality waxes in their formulations.
Paraffin is the most commonly used candle wax today. Beeswax, soy wax, palm was, gels, and synthesized waxes are also used in candle-making for the U.S. market, as are blends of waxes.
All waxes are primarily hydrocarbons whether the wax is of animal, vegetable, or petroleum origin. The chemical composition of all waxes used for candle-making is similar.
An estimated 1 billion pounds of wax are used in the candles sold each year in the United States.
Candles account for the second largest use of waxes in North America, after packaging and package costings.
Waxes burn with a yellow flame due to the presence of carbon.