Stay Safe and Cozy: Candle Safety Tips for Winter

As the winter chill sets in, there’s nothing quite like the warm glow of a candle to make your home feel cozy and inviting. Here at Smelty, we love how our candles can transform a space, but safety is always our top priority. Whether you’re lighting our Australian Bush, Wattle, or Kakadu Plum candles, here are some essential tips to keep in mind to ensure you enjoy them safely.

1. Choose a Safe Spot

Always place your candle on a stable, heat-resistant surface. Keep it away from anything that can catch fire, like curtains, books, or flammable decorations. A clutter-free area is the best spot to enjoy your candle’s glow without worries.

2. Mind the Wick

Before lighting, trim the wick to about 6mm. This helps control the flame size and prevents soot buildup on the candle jar. A well-trimmed wick also reduces the risk of a flickering flame, which can be a fire hazard.

3. Burn Time Matters

Don’t burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time. Allowing your candle to burn for too long can cause the container to overheat. For our Jumbo candles, it’s best to stick to shorter burn times to ensure even melting and prolonged use.

4. Keep Candles Out of Reach

If you have kids or pets, make sure your candles are out of their reach. Curious hands and paws can easily knock over a candle, causing spills or fires. Consider using a hurricane lantern or a candle holder with a cover for extra protection.

5. Never Leave a Candle Unattended

This might be the most important rule of all. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Always extinguish candles when leaving a room or going to bed. It’s a simple step that can prevent accidents and give you peace of mind.

6. Use Proper Extinguishing Methods

Blowing out a candle might seem easy, but it can cause hot wax to splatter. Instead, use a candle snuffer or gently dip the wick into the melted wax to extinguish the flame. This method also helps prevent smoke and keeps the wick in good condition for the next use.

7. Check Your Candles Regularly

Inspect your candles before each use. If you notice any cracks in the container or an unusual flame behavior, it’s best to discard the candle. Safety first, always.

8. Consider Alternatives

For those especially concerned about fire hazards, consider using flameless candles. They provide the same cozy ambiance without the risk, perfect for homes with young children or pets.

By following these simple yet essential tips, you can safely enjoy the warm, inviting glow of your Smelty candles throughout the winter season. Whether you’re snuggling up with a book or entertaining guests, our candles are here to add that extra touch of comfort to your home.

Stay safe and cozy this winter with Smelty

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