Candles can be a beautiful and fragrant addition to any home, but it's important to use and maintain them safely to prevent accidents and injuries. Here are some care instructions for using and maintaining candles safely:

  1. Place candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface: Candles should be placed on a surface that can withstand the heat of the flame. Avoid placing candles on surfaces that are flammable or that may be damaged by heat, such as wood tables or carpeting.
  2. Keep candles away from flammable materials: Make sure to keep candles at least 12 inches away from flammable materials, such as curtains, books, and paper.
  3. Trim the wick to ¼ inch: Before lighting a candle, trim the wick to ¼ inch to help prevent the flame from getting too large.
  4. Never leave a candle burning unattended: It's important to never leave a candle burning unattended. This is especially important if you have young children or pets in the house.
  5. Extinguish the candle when it burns down to within 1 inch of the holder or candle surface: When the wax of a candle burns down to within 1 inch of the holder or candle surface, it's time to extinguish the candle. This will prevent the holder or surface from overheating and potentially starting a fire.
  6. Don't move a lit candle: It's best to avoid moving a lit candle, as the flame can easily be knocked over or extinguished. If you do need to move a lit candle, be sure to hold it securely and keep it away from flammable materials.
  7. Use a candle snuffer to extinguish the flame: To extinguish a candle, use a candle snuffer or a spoon to carefully press down on the flame until it goes out. This will help prevent hot wax from splattering and reduce the risk of fire.

By following these care instructions, you can enjoy candles safely and responsibly in your home.