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Things To Consider When Leaving Candles Burning

Aug. 18, 2022

Do candles burn out on their own?  Never leave a candle unattended! However, if you happen to leave a candle burning, it will burn on its own if it has a wick with a metal "neck" or base. These types of wicks are most commonly found in candle jars. Letting the candle burn to the end may cause the container to break and the wick to fall out!

Here are some other things to consider when leaving candles burning.

Leaving a candle burning

Candles that burn out on their own will have a self-extinguishing wick, such as a metal piece with a "neck". However, unless you make your own candles and know which wick you are using, you may not be sure if your candle flame will burn out on its own. This is why it is also important to consider the surface of the burning candle. In addition to never leaving a candle unattended, the second most important warning is to always burn the candle on a heat-resistant surface.

Candle Jar and Scented Candles

 Candle Jar and Scented Candles        


Heat-resistant surfaces are those that do not burn easily or heat up quickly and can withstand high temperatures. Good examples of heat-resistant surfaces suitable for burning candles include stoves; kitchen countertops, such as granite; dining tables, especially treated wood; and other tables, chairs, or shelves with fire-treated wood surfaces. It may be surprising to hear that wood is heat resistant. Many dining tables, living room furniture (side tables, coffee tables, etc.), and bedroom furniture (bedside tables, dressers, etc.) are made of fire-treated wood.


You can also purchase candlesticks or plates, which are often made of heat-resistant glass or metal. These provide a safe surface to burn your candles on, even if you're not sure if the table or surface you're placing the candlesticks on is heat resistant. These can be found in the home decor section of any department store.

Amber Glass Candle Jar

 Amber Glass Candle Jar     

Do not light candles around any flammable or potentially flammable objects, such as curtains, sheets, bedspreads, blankets, pillows, or cushions. It is also important to avoid placing candles in drafts, such as near open windows or near vents. Wind or air circulation can cause flames to flicker or "jump", which can start a fire quickly before you know it.


Finally, make sure to place the candle on a stable surface. Do not place candles on unstable chairs, stools, or other objects that could tip over. If your candle can be easily knocked over or knocked over, it is not safe. Make sure your candle is on a stable, flat surface.


What should you do if you find your candle burning?

If you can't get to your house in time, you need to call someone (a friend, neighbor, or family member) who may be closer to your residence now than you are and who can get there in less time than you. Hopefully, this friend will be able to get into your house to check for candles.


If they are unable to enter your house, they can peek through the window of the room where the candle is burning to make sure it is still contained. If they cannot visually see the candle, and if they wish, they can watch your house for a few hours, or until you arrive home, to observe the smoke and make sure your house does not catch on fire. However, you may need a very close friend or neighbor who is willing to do this. 

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