Candle Safety and Best Practice

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Keep burning candles away from flammable materials, children and pets.
  • Always place a burning candle in a suitable holder and in turn keep these on fire and heat resistant surfaces.
  • Never place a candle directly onto furniture.
  • Do not place candles on or near other heat sources.
  • Extinguish candles with great care ensuring that hot wax does not splatter.
  • Keep the wick trimmed to no more than 0.5cms
  • Keep the hot wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches or any other combustible materials and ensure that the wick is always in the centre of the candle.
  • Do not allow anything to drop into the hot wax pool such as parts of the wick or a match as this can cause combustion.

Getting the most out of your WoodWick Candles

  • When you light a candle ensure that you have time to allow enough wax to melt and to reach the full width of the candle. In the case of a medium Woodwick candle, this will take about two hours.
  • If you extinguish a candle with a smaller wax pool the next time you light it the pool is likely to stay the same size. This is the main reason why some people claim that candles only burn down the middle and they appear to have a lot of wastage.
  • Keep the wick trimmed to no more that 0.5cm at all times. Long wicks can cause candles to smoke, this creates a carbon build up at the top of the wick that is similar in size to the head of a match which can fall into the hot wax and, in some cases, combust.
  • Do not burn candles in a draughty area, this speeds up burning, causes smoking, dripping and can make one side of a candle burn down quicker than another.
  • Candles are sensitive to temperature and light. Store then in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Storage temperatures should not exceed 27c or go below 0c. Exposure to moisture may inhibit relighting.
  • Most good quality candles will candles state an approximate burning time. It can only be approximate because of some of the factors already mentioned such as burning in draughts which will speed up the process.