Please read before lighting your first candle!!!

By DireLights Team

Candle Safety!!! Please be aware of the following before lighting your first candle. 

Candle glasses over heating can be dangerous if mishandled. Here are the common reasons why they get too hot and how to prevent this.

The candle is being burned for too long

Our general advice is to only burn candles for 1-2 hours at a time. Burning candles for longer than this creates a deeper melt pool and the flame to be positioned lower in the candle jar, for longer. This results in the area around and above the flame getting extremely hot. Reduce the risk of this happening by only burning your candle for 1-2 hours at a time.

The candle jar is on an uneven surface

Burning your candle on a surface that's uneven results in it burning at an angle. For a safe burn you want a clear pathway for the flame on your wick to flow. You do not want that flame at an angle as it will be directed towards one of the sides of your jar. Reduce the risk of this happening by only burning your candle on an even surface.

The candle jar is on a surface that is already hot

When lighting your candle, please ensure that it is on a cool surface. Placing your candle on a surface that is already hot increases the likelihood that the wax will not only melt from the top but also from the bottom. Various types of wax have lower melting points than others so please ensure your chosen surface is cool to the touch before placing your candle on there.

The candle keeps burning to the end

Glass can break or crack and is more inclined to do so when heat is applied unevenly or concentrated on one particular area. Heat-resistant glass is made to help prevent the glass from cracking or breaking. But even glass that is ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) approved, like ours, is not a guarantee against breaking or cracking.  The most common cause of glass breaking due to the heat from a candle flame is a flame that gets too close to the bottom. Make sure to extinguish the candle when the wax level gets too close to the bottom of the glass. If the flame reaches the bottom of the container, too much heat may be concentrated at the base of the wick which could cause the glass to crack or explode. 

We hope these 4 ways to stop your candle from over heating have helped! We definitely don't want to see any harm come to anyone as a result of candle jars!

Let Some Light In, responsibly!