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SAFETY TIPS & CANDLE CARE

Candles are beautiful and promote feelings of greater well-being. Nevertheless, we can´t forget they are an open flame and they should be used with caution and care! To avoid any accident and injury, as well as to take the best advantage of your candle, remember:

  • Always keep a burning candle within sight.
  • Keep away from children and pets. They can knock out a candle and start a fire.
  • Put candles on a stable and heat resistant surface and far from anything that can catch fire (like curtains or papers).
  • Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Do not burn many candles in a small room.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents, preventing high flames, splashes and soot.
  • Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris, which can start burning at any time later.
  • Do not place candles near a source of heat.
  • Always leave at least 20cm (8 inches) between burning candles.
  • Never touch or move a burning or liquid candle. The recipient (tin or glass) may be very hot and the wick can move from the centre. There is also the risk of shattered glass container caused by thermal shock if placed on a colder surface or area.
  • Extinguish the candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, if the flame becomes too high or when there is only 1cm (1/2 inch) wax left.
  • Never extinguish candles with water.
  • Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle or even a little plate or the lid of the candle (if not flammable). This will avoid wax splashes and excessive soot.
  • Never burn a candle if the wick is off centre.
  • Burn your candle no more than 4 hours at a time.
  • Always, trim the wick down before relighting
BURNING INSTRUCTIONS & WICK CARE

You must trim the cotton wicks to 0,7cm (¼ inch), and wooden wick to 0,3 cm (1/8 inch) each time the candle is to be relit, to control the flame height, reduce soot and assure best flame performance.

Failure to properly trim your wick may result in damage done to glass jars or labels. We are not responsible for these damages.

If a candle is repeatedly smoking, flickering, or if the flame becomes too high or too close to the container, the candle isn't burning properly. EXTIGUISH THE CANDLE, align the wick in the centre of the candle, let it cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before relighting.

Because of your familiarity with candles, you might perceive instructions and cautions from candle manufacturers to be superfluous or elementary. The instructions provided, however, are there to inform you of general handling practices as well as of any special requirements of the candles that you buy. Maintaining a high level of awareness regarding your use of candles will help you safely enjoy them while minimizing the chance of injury or property loss.

How to Burn a Candle with a Wooden Wick

Wooden Wicks do need a little attention and tending to before each burn.

Is there a difference in burning a candle with a wooden wick vs. a candle with a cotton wick?

The answer is yes and no…

The basics of lighting and enjoying are simple and similar enough, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Most information that you’ll find suggests keeping a cotton wick trimmed to ¼”, and it is important to trim a wooden wick to 1/8” – 3/16”, and not any longer. If the wick is too long, the wax will not pull up the wick, and the flame will dim or even extinguish.

Wooden wicks don’t “mushroom” or “bloom” – basically, that means that they don’t create a black ball on the top of the wick that is asking for trimming. Nevertheless, while they don’t get the carbon build-up that needs to be trimmed off of cotton wicks, they will develop a slight amount of ash at the tip of the wick. The ash can be easily broken off when cool before relighting or cut using a wick trimmer.

Sometimes, if there is too much ash build-up, you will notice the flame getting smaller, but once you remove it, the flame comes right back to life. Just be careful not to leave any debris in your candle and follow all of the standard candle burning safety guidelines. Happy burning!

If when burning the candle for a long period of time you notice the flame height getting too high, too low or extinguished, blow out the candle, allow the wick and wax to cool, and trim the wick. The flame will then return to its proper optimal height.

For more Candle Safety Rules please visit the NCA’s Candle Safety Page at: http://candles.org/fire-safety-candles/candle-safety-rules/


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