There are a few simple safety rules that you must observe when burning incense or candles, or using an oil-burner. Most of this is common sense, but as a responsible wholesaler it is a requirement for us to provide use and safety information. Please feel free to use this as a reference for your customers

Incense, Oil burner and Candle Safety Information

At Affinity Wholesale we have an outstanding selection of products such as fragrance oil burners, candles and natural incense

  • Put incense burner holders, oil burners and candle holders on a heat resistant surface. This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking. Be especially careful with metal incense holders and night lights/tea lights, which can get hot enough to melt plastic or painted/wood surfaces!
  • Use a proper holder. All types of incense and candles need to be held firmly in a proper holder so they won't fall over. The holder needs to be stable too, so it does not fall over or be accidentally knocked over.
  • Never burn a candle, oil burner or incense on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, curtains, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep burning candles, oil burners and incense out of the reach of unsupervised children and pets, they can be unpredictable.
  • Never leave burning incense, oil burners or a candle unattended. Extinguish incense and candles before you leave a room. Never go to sleep with incense or a candle still burning. And never leave a burning candle, incense or oil burner in a bedroom - especially a child's bedroom unattended by a responsible adult!
  • Never allow an oil burner to boil dry. Depending on the type of burner, it could break - or even catch fire in some cases!
  • Our oil burners are for use with diluted fragrance oils only, they are not suitable for wax melts or other wax products unless otherwise stated.
  • Hanging or outdoor candles and candle holders should be secured carefully and should not be used in adverse weather conditions.
  • A standard good quality tea light should be used for all our tea light holders and oil burners. Do not use a large tea light candle unless specified on the individual product.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow nearby lightweight items into the flame where they could catch fire.
  • Trim any candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.
  • Keep the wax pool of candles free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions carefully. Don’t burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame, if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, it is recommended to discontinue burning a candle when 5 cm of wax remains or 1 cm if in a container.
  • Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.
  • Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn’t burning properly. Cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before relighting.
  • Ash falling outside your incense burner could discolour furniture. It may even be hot enough to cause a fire hazard. Make sure all incense ash falls on a fireproof surface.
  • Make sure all your spent incense materials are completely extinguished and cold to the touch, before discarding (i.e. incense, matches, ash, charcoal). Charcoal ash can remain hot for hours after your incense has burned out. The hot incense material can ignite in a wastebasket.
  • For stick incense, break off the glowing tip and discard it in water or just dip the tip in water. If you use a censer, turn the stick upside down and bury the burning end in the sand or ash. The incense stick can then be relit in the future. For coil incense, you can break off the glowing tip and discard it in water. For charcoal, use a pair of tweezers to remove all the burning embers and discard in water.
  • If you're asthmatic, suffer from respiratory difficulty, are prone to seizures or have had a stroke, check with your physician before burning any incense or fragrant oils or fragrant candles.
  • Don't use oil burners, burn incense, or candles while under the influence of mind-altering substances, especially alcohol, being drunk is the number one cause of accidents.
  • Some herbal incense may have mind altering affects if you are susceptible. For instance, some people may find mugwort to be slightly mind-altering. Burning this herb for example, should be avoided before driving. If you're new to burning herbs its best to read about the specific herbs you'll be using.
  • Do not take internally. Incense, even if labelled herbal, is not for human consumption. It may have other ingredients added that where never meant to be ingested.

Finally, please do remember to allow adequate ventilation when you’re burning incense, oil or candles we want you to enjoy the natural fragrances, not end up being smoked like a kipper!