Candle safety

Follow the advice given on candle labels

This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to consumers. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended

  • Burn candle out of reach of children and pets
  • Burn candle out of reach of children and pets

  • Do not burn candles on or near anything that can catch fire
  • Do not burn candles on or near anything that can catch fire

  • Place candles in an upright position
  • Place candles in an upright position

  • Keep the wax pool clear and clear of matches and other debris to avoid flaring
  • Keep the wax pool clear and clear of matches and other debris to avoid flaring

  • Trim wick to about 1 cm before lighting
  • Trim wick to about 1 cm before lighting

  • Do not move a burning candle
  • Do not move a burning candle

  • Always leave at least 10cm between burning candles
  • Always leave at least 10cm between burning candles

  • Do not place candles in a draught
  • Do not place candles in a draught

  • Do not place candles near a source of heat
  • Do not place candles near a source of heat

  • Always snuff out the candle. Do not blow it out
  • Always snuff out the candle. Do not blow it out

  • Never use liquid to extinguish
  • Never use liquid to extinguish

  • Always use a candleholder
  • Always use a candleholder

  • Only use tea lights in holders/warming stoves with sufficient ventilation
  • Only use tea lights in holders/warming stoves with sufficient ventilation

  • Use a suitable glass or holder as these candles liquify when burning
  • Use a suitable glass or holder as these candles liquify when burning