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Candle Safety 101: Why You Shouldn't Burn a Candle for Longer Than Four Hours

Updated: Jul 19, 2023


Always follow safe burning practices
Burning candles longer than four hours can cause the containers to overheat and shatter

Welcome to Moose and Marsha, where we celebrate the beauty and ambiance of handcrafted candles. While candles can transform any space into a cozy haven, it's crucial to prioritize safety. In this blog post, we'll delve into the importance of candle safety, particularly why burning a candle for longer than four hours should be avoided. So grab your favorite candle, settle in, and let's dive in!



Understanding Candle Safety

Before we discuss the recommended burn time, let's understand the basics of candle safety. Whether you're a candle enthusiast or a novice, it's essential to be aware of these key guidelines:

  1. Always trim the wick: Trim the wick to ¼ inch before lighting your candle. This helps prevent excessive smoke and ensures a steady flame.

  2. Use a heat-resistant surface: Place your candle on a sturdy, heat-resistant surface to prevent accidental fires or damage to furniture.

  3. Keep away from drafts: Drafts can cause an uneven burn and increase the risk of accidents. Avoid placing candles near open windows, fans, or air conditioning vents.


The Importance of Four-Hour Burn Time

Now, let's focus on why it's recommended not to burn a candle for longer than four hours. Here are the key reasons:

  1. Prevent overheating: Candles generate heat as they burn. Extended burn times can cause the candle container to become excessively hot, potentially leading to cracks or shattering. By limiting the burn time to four hours, you ensure the container remains at a safe temperature.

  2. Maintain consistent burn: Candles need sufficient time to create a full melt pool (a pool of liquid wax that reaches the edges of the container). Burning a candle for less than two hours can result in tunneling, where wax accumulates along the center, wasting the candle's potential lifespan. On the other hand, burning for more than four hours can cause the wax to become too liquid, leading to uneven burning.

  3. Reduce soot and smoke: Prolonged burning can increase the amount of soot and smoke emitted by the candle. These byproducts not only diminish the aesthetic appeal of your candle but can also pose health risks, especially to individuals with respiratory conditions. Sticking to a four-hour burn time helps minimize soot and smoke production.


Candle Safety Tips from Moose and Marsha

At Moose and Marsha, we prioritize your safety and want you to have a delightful candle-lit experience. Here are a few additional candle safety tips to keep in mind:

  1. Never leave a burning candle unattended: Ensure that candles are extinguished before leaving a room or going to bed. Safety should always be your top priority.

  2. Keep away from flammable objects: Place candles away from curtains, bedding, books, or any other flammable items that could catch fire.

  3. Extinguish with care: Use a candle snuffer or gently blow out the flame to extinguish your candle. Avoid using water as it can cause hot wax to splatter.

  4. Store candles properly: When not in use, store candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to maintain their quality.


By adhering to proper candle safety practices and understanding why it's crucial not to burn a candle for longer than four hours, you can create a safe and enjoyable candle-lit atmosphere. At Moose and Marsha, we encourage you to prioritize safety while indulging in the warm glow and comforting scents of our handcrafted candles. Remember, by following these guidelines, you can relish the beauty of candles without compromising on safety.


If you're looking for high-quality handcrafted candles that enhance both the ambiance and safety of your space, shop Moose and Marsha's website today!

Candle safety: Why it's important not to burn a candle longer than four hours
Burning a candle longer than four hours causes the wick to mushroom and soot

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