Candle safety

Placing candles around your business can create a warm inviting atmosphere for your customers and employees, but if used irresponsibly they can and will cause serious damage to your business.

It is safer to use battery operated candles but if you're using wax candles to brighten up your business follow these safety tips:
  • Keep clothes and hair away from the naked flame.
  • Consider an extra smoke alarm in rooms containing candles.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended. Make sure you put burning candles out when you leave the room and ensure they are completely out before closing your business.
  • Use a snuffer or a spoon to put candles out, as blowing them can send sparks and hot wax flying.
  • Always use a suitable holder when burning candles, remember that even small tea lights can get hot enough to melt plastic.
  • Place your candles carefully. Make sure they are on a stable surface, out of the reach of customers and keep them away from flammable objects. Also, make sure there is at least one metre between a candle and any surface above it.
  • Don not burn several candles close together as this might cause the flame to flare.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, out of drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, soot, and dripping.
  • Always put scented candles in a heat resistant holder. These candles are designed to liquify when heated to maximise fragrance.

Jar Candles

In relation to candles in jars, there have been occasions where the glasses and jars have shattered without warning when the level of the wax in the jar falls to the base of the jar. This is due to less heat energy being absorbed by the remaining wax resulting in the glass heating up excessively to the point when it may crack or shatter with force. Users are advised to continually supervise all candles and extinguish the candle when the level of wax reduces close to the base of a jar, say to 1cm or 1.5cm. Even once the candle is out, never pick up a hot jar that has contained a burning candle until it has cooled sufficiently to be able to do so.

Last updated: Friday 14 May 2021