Candle safety & burning tips by Luna Candles & Gifts

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Important Safety Guidelines:

  • The candle flame is a living light that must be cared for & never left unattended

  • Keep out of the reach of children & pets

  • Never move a lit candle

  • Never place near a radiator or chimney

  • Always place candles on a suitable, non-flammable & stable support since the possibility of uneven or incomplete burning can never be completely excluded

  • The candle stand should be kept clean - i.e. no used matches, pieces of burned down wick etc

  • Burning candles should be separated from one another by a distance of at least 4 inches. Avoid grouping too many burning candles together

Candle Burning Tips: How to get the most from your candles:

  • To get the longest burn time from your pillar candle: the first time you light it, burn it for one hour per inch of its diameter. (If it has 3 wicks, divide this number by 3) This will allow the pool of wax to extend to the outside rim & prevent your candle forming a "canyon" in its centre. Burning your candle this way will also set its memory. Each time you re-light the candle it will "remember" to burn out to the rim

  • If the flame begins to flicker, use a pair of scissors to shorten the wick in order to prevent smoking. Ideally, the wick should be kept to a length of 1/4 inch while it is burning

  • When you burn a highly scented candle, sometimes "mushrooming" will occur in the wick. Treat this as a reminder that you need to trim the wick

  • Candles need to breathe. If you burn a candle in a small room it is likely to smoke. Please consider the size of your room when you display your new candles

  • A candle will never burn down evenly & quietly in a draught. Even non-drip candles will begin to smoke or run

  • Never "blow out" a candle. Blowing will spray the wax everywhere & cause the candle to drip & smoke. The most effective way to extinguish the candle flame is to use a candle snuffer. If you don't own a snuffer, place your forefinger in front of the flame before you blow. The air will then hit the flame from the sides instead of hitting it directly

  • A burning wick can be carefully bent sideways if the candle starts to burn down on one side. Never bend or break a wick that has become rigid

  • If the flame threatens to "die out", carefully tip out a little liquid wax but never do this by making a hole in the side of the candle

More great candle tips...

  • Candle residues can be either melted down & cast into new candles, or made into candle sand using a kitchen grater

  • Wax residues on a candle stick are easier to remove if you place it in the refrigerator for about an hour

  • Spots of wax can be removed from textiles using an iron warmed to a temperature appropriate for the material & absorbent paper. Spots on the table can be effectively removed by warming with a hairdryer & soaking up while the wax is still liquid


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