Candle Safety at Home: Usage, Placement, and Alternatives

Burning candles makes your home smell fantastic and creates a nice ambiance. However, they're a fire hazard that can quickly go wrong.

So, how do you use candles safely? Where should you place them? Are there alternatives that work just as fine? Let's find out.  

Using Candles Safely

using candles safely

Here are the top guidelines for using candles safely: 

Blow out the flame when you leave the room or go to bed.

Never leave candles burning. Put the flame out before you leave the room or go to bed. Make sure that the candles are completely out because they might reignite and start a fire.

Use a candle snuffer. 

Speaking of putting out the flame, we recommend using a candle snuffer. It works by starving the flame of oxygen, ensuring it goes out gently. Putting out a candle flame like this is the best way to avoid hot wax splatters and fires.

Never use water to put out a candle. 

Contrary to popular belief, not every flame should be extinguished with water. Combining cold water and hot wax will make the wax splatter, causing second-degree burns and starting a fire. 

Keep your candles clean. 

Whether you're using a brand-new candle or relighting one, make sure it's clear of wick trimmings, match debris, and the like. Remember, lighted candles are hot, so nearby debris can ignite and start a fire. 

Where to Place Candles


where to place candles

Here are the top guidelines for proper candle placement:

Place candle holders where they can't be easily knocked down. 

One of the primary causes of candle fires is people accidentally knocking them down. Fortunately, stable candle holders can prevent these accidents. Make sure to place your candles where they can't be knocked down, such as the center of the table. 

Keep candles at least a foot away from flammable items.

Put your candles at least a foot away from curtains, books, furniture, space heaters, and other things that burn easily. 

Keep candles from children and pets. 

Children and pets are naturally curious, so they might want to touch the flame or knock a candle down. Place lighted candles away from them and never leave them alone with the fire hazard. You should also store them in high, locked places like the cupboard. 

Candle Alternatives


candle alternatives

Here are some candle alternatives that you might want to consider using: 

LED Candles

Whether you're preparing a romantic candlelight dinner or decorating for the holidays, LED candles work just as well as regular candles.

They look like melted, flickering candles but without the flame. They also come in many shapes, sizes, and colors fit for any occasion. 

Fragrance Spheres

Fragrance spheres are your next best friend if you love lighting scented candles. Just like scented candles, they can spread a pleasant aroma throughout your home, but without the flame. Plus, most fragrance spheres can last for a month or two. 

Wax Warmers

Wax warmers work by melting scented wax cubes and releasing a lovely fragrance without the flame. You can also control how much fragrance you want to release and how much wax you want to melt at a time. They also look stylish and come with timers for safe use. 


Let's face it: candles are great, but they're a fire hazard that can cost your property and loved ones. While we can't force you to stop lighting candles, following the guidelines above ensures you're using them responsibly and safely.

While these guidelines help, you must be prepared if a candle fire breaks out. Complete your fire prevention kit by stuffing it with an emergency fire blanket, fire spray, fire protection gloves, and a smoke mask from Prepared Hero. Stay safe, hero!