Candles - Product Information
Some members of the British Candlemakers Federation (BCF)
use a product labelling scheme that originates from a set of
pictograms proposed by the European Candlemakers Federation.
The pictograms appear on the packaging, sometimes along with
written information on using the candle(s). Although it is
useful to have an industry recognised approach to labelling,
it is not always consistently used. The pictograms are also
sometimes very small or not always obvious in their message
for some audiences.
Tealights and nightlights
Research has shown that tealights
present a particular danger because they are regarded as slightly
different to other candles. They are less likely to be used
with holders because they have a foil outer container. There
have also been several incidents where tealights have
melted the top of televisions and dropped into the cabinet
initiating a fire. Tealights are also used in aromotherapy
burners and are likely to be left unattended or in children's
The names 'tealight' and 'nightlight' are sometimes incorrectly
interchanged. Traditionally nightlights are deeper than tealights,
burning for about eight hours, compared with four hours for
tealights. Nightlights by their very name suggest that they
can be left to burn all night. This longer burning time means
that they may get hotter and they should not be used in aromotherapy
burners. When referring to these types of product, be careful
to use the right terminology and encourage others to do so
- ideally the use of nightlights should be discouraged.
of sale advice
The pictograms and suggested safety wording are explained
in a leaflet produced by the British Candlemakers Federation.
Some manufacturers have also produced their own, similar versions,
for retailers to use.
Generally point of sale information is lacking. Some retailers
such as Boots have leaflets with general product and/or candle
The Home Office has an A5 leaflet with candle safety awareness
and advice. This was produced with the advent of the millennium
and other seasonal celebrations in mind, but provides simple
safety advice appropriate to any use of candles.
Candles are special.......so
For many people of all ages, candles are at the
center of birthdays, family occasions, religious
festivals and the home itself. Candles, oil and incense
burners and joss sticks will be part of these celebrations.
However candles as with any naked flame, can be a
cause of fire, especially in the home... and particularly
where there are children.
- Always place candles well away from curtains, furniture
and drapes and always out of draughts.
- Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Keep candles away from hair and clothing.
- Always place candles upright in suitable holders
which cannot fall over easily.
- Always make sure that candles are properly extinguished,
especially before going to bed.
- The risk of accidents happening is greater when
alcohol has been consumed.
- Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.