Candle Burning 101

Candle Burning 101

Are you a candle lover? Candles create instant ambience and can make almost any space a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. However, it's important to practice candle safety and proper maintenance to ensure a delightful and safe experience.

Why is Candle Safety Important?

Candle safety should not be taken lightly. While they bring so much pleasure to one's home, accidents and fires can occur due to improper candle usage. By following these safety guidelines, you can prevent potential hazards and enjoy your candles with peace of mind.

1. Choose the Right Candle

When purchasing candles, opt for high-quality ones made from non-toxic materials. Look for labels that indicate the use of lead-free wicks and natural ingredients. This ensures a cleaner burn and reduces the risk of harmful fumes. Kasa Kontempo's candles are made with pure coconut apricot wax that is all natural, our premium fragrance blends are free of toxins or phthalates, and we use all cotton wicks for the cleanest, healthiest candle burn available. 

2. Always Trim the Wick

Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to approximately ¼ inch. This prevents excessive flickering, smoking, and uneven burning. Long wicks can also cause the candle to produce soot, which could stain your walls and furniture.

3. Keep Candles Away from Flammable Objects

Ensure that your candles are placed on a stable and heat-resistant surface. Keep them away from curtains, papers, and other flammable materials. It's also important to maintain a safe distance between burning candles and any objects or decorations nearby.

4. Never Leave Candles Unattended

Always extinguish your candles before leaving the room or going to bed. Unattended candles pose a significant fire risk. Remember, safety should always be your top priority.

5. Avoid Drafty Areas

When lighting candles, avoid drafty areas as the airflow can cause uneven burning and increase the risk of accidents. Keep windows and doors closed to maintain a steady flame.

6. Extinguish Candles Safely

Use a candle snuffer or gently blow out the flame to extinguish your candles. Avoid using water, as it can cause hot wax to splatter and potentially start a fire. Also avoid using lids or flammable items to smother the flame.

7. Store Candles Properly

When not in use, store your candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This helps preserve their quality and prevents them from melting or warping. Storing candles with a cover or lid will also help preserve their scent life.


By following these candle safety and maintenance tips, you can enjoy the warm and inviting ambience that candles provide without compromising your well-being. Remember, a little care goes a long way in ensuring a delightful and hazard-free candle experience.

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