You’re Probably Burning Candles

Here’s How to Do it Safely

A draft can lead to uneven burning, sooting, excessive dripping, or putting out the flame altogether.

DON’T place the candle where air is flowing.

Stop burning a candle when half an inch of wax remains in the container or 2 inches remains if using a pillar candle.

DON’T burn the candle  all the way down.

“Make sure to put your candle in a clear spot on a flat surface like a table, with no fabric nearby in case a flicker sparks off of a wick,” recommends Lora Bovie, owner of Clean Earth Candles.

DO choose a safe location  for lit candles.

DON’T keep burning a candle that is flickering or smoking.

DO use a candle snuffer to extinguish the flame.

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Safe candles do not contain paraffin, phthalates, parabens, synthetic dyes, or lead wicks.

DON’T buy candles loaded with chemicals.

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