Candle Safety Tips

At Yankee Candle, we produce over 200 million candles a year. Over a billion in the last five years alone. We are devoted to the superior craftsmanship of every candle we make...from the wax to the wick. It is part of what has made us the benchmark for quality in the candle world.

Ultimately, our candles exist to help make your house feel like a home. To that end, we strongly advise all our customers follow the basic tenets of candle safety. Most are common sense and will extend the life of your candle and your enjoyment of the unique qualities that candles bring to our homes.

The Three Basics of Candle Safety:

  1. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  2. Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  3. Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

The Proper Way to Burn a Candle

Before lighting

  • Trim the wick to the length stated on your candle’s bottom label each time before burning. The safest way to do this is with a wick trimmer. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
  • Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. Authentic Yankee Candle® glass jars and candleholders are heat resistant, sturdy, and quality tested.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
  • Place the candleholder on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.
  • Follow the Yankee Candle® recommendations on burn time and proper use. You will find that information in each product description and in our Learning Scenter.

While burning

  • Never touch or move a burning candle. Never move a votive or jar candle when the wax is liquefied.
  • Don't burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1/2 inch of wax remains.
  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting.
  • Always keep the candle within your sight. If you are going to leave the room, be sure to first blow out all candles.

When extinguishing

  • Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.
  • Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container.
  • Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
  • Don't touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.