Safety & Burn Times

Information that can help you get the most out of all your Yankee Candle® products

Safety And Burning Tips

At Yankee Candle, we want you to experience the maximum enjoyment and pleasure from our candles. We take great pride in making them using only the finest quality ingredients and materials. However, it's very important that you burn candles responsibly to ensure their safe use. Please follow these guidelines to keep Yankee® candles a bright and beautiful part of your life.

  • Remove all packaging before lighting.
  • Place on a protected, heat-resistant, dry surface, away from anything that can catch fire, and out of reach of children and pets. Use holders designed for the particular candle style.
  • Keep wick(s) trimmed to 1/8 inches at all times.
  • If smoking occurs, blow candle out. Trim wick(s), remove trimmings, and relight.
  • Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches, or any combustible material. Keep the wick centered.
  • Avoid burning candles in drafts.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended. Keep them within sight at all times.
  • Keep all matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Teach everyone in the family the rules of safe candle use.

How to Store Your Candle Properly

The candle wax and fragrance oils we use in our candles are sensitive to both temperature and light, so please be careful when storing candles for an extended period of time. If you store your candle, be sure it is in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or intense light. Keeping it in a dark place like a cupboard or box will protect it from fading and discoloration.  

Since our candles can be sensitive to extreme cold and heat, it’s best to store them between 50ºF and 85ºF. And be sure not to leave our candles in your car for an extended period of time (particularly on hot days) as they may melt or discolor. Extreme cold causes cracking and separation, so it’s best to follow our temperature guidelines. After long exposure to the cold, you should allow the candle to return to room temperature for a minimum of 2 hours before burning it to minimize potential damage.

  • Handle with care; glass containers are fragile. Avoid glass-to-glass contact when removing or replacing the lid. Do not use if the jar is cracked, chipped or scratched. Do not refill with wax.
  • Do not allow the flame to touch the side of the jar. The jar may become hot. Handle carefully.
  • If smoking occurs, check for drafts or high traffic areas, which may cause flame to flicker and smoke. Also, be sure that the wick is no longer than 1/8". If it is, extinguish, trim to 1/8", and relight.
  • To minimize wax left on the sides of the jar, burn 3 hours at a time; it is normal for some wax to be left. The amount will vary per color, fragrance and burning conditions.
  • Prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface by discontinuing use when 1/2" of wax remains. Only burn in a suitable holder, or on a plate or other fire and heat resistant surface.
  • Extinguish carefully before replacing the lid.
  • When wax pool reaches the candles edge, extinguish flame and allow candle to harden before relighting. This will prevent dripping.
  • Discontinue use when 1/2" of wax remains.
  • Never place directly on furniture. Only burn in an appropriate holder.
  • To prevent possible dripping: avoid drafts, excessive vibrations or nearby heat sources.
  • Candle (hurricane) lamps may cause dripping due to the build up of heat. We suggest using bobeche, decorative accessories designed to catch dripping wax.
  • Be sure tapers are straight, and set them firmly in their holders.
  • Trim the taper's wick to 1/8" before lighting.
  • Do not burn in an enclosed space like a potpourri pot. For this purpose use Yankee® Tart® Warmers (unscented tea lights), and be sure the burner is well ventilated.
  • If wick smokes or builds up carbon, extinguish flame and remove the carbon before relighting.
  • Burn only in an appropriate holder. Do not burn freestanding.
  • Place Tarts® Wax Potpourri in the top of a dry potpourri burner and never add water. Light one of the unscented Tarts® Warmers (never use scented tea lights) for a controlled low flame made especially for potpourri burners. When melted, the wax potpourri will release its wonderful fragrance.
  • To change fragrance, extinguish the Tarts® Warmer flame and allow the melted Tarts® Wax Potpourri to harden. Gently tap the sides of the burner and in most cases the wax will pop out. Discard the melted wax potpourri or store in a plastic bag for reuse.
  • If using an electric potpourri pot, we recommend that you use one that is UL listed for safety assurance.
  • Instructions for use. WARNING: Burn within sight. Keep away from things that catch fire. Keep away from children and pets. Place Tarts® Wax Potpourri in the top of wax potpourri warmer. Do not add water. Light one unscented tealight inside the unit base. Use metal cup tea lights ONLY. To change fragrance, extinguish the flame and allow the melted Tarts® Wax Potpourri to harden. Gently apply pressure to wax disc with palm of hand, and in most cases the wax will pop out. Do not use metal objects to clean wax from warmer as this may crack or damage unit. Do not use warmer if chipped or cracked. Warmer may become hot while in use. Do not touch or move until cool. Not intended for use with fragranced warming oil or potpourri refresher oil.

Warning: If used incorrectly oil warmers are potentially dangerous, only use in accordance with instructions. Read the following instructions carefully and completely before each use.

  • Before each use ensure unit is dry, clean, and free of deposits.
  • Place unit on a level, heat and flame resistant, surface away from drafty areas, other heat sources, and flammable objects.
  • Add up to 20 drops of your favorite Yankee Candle ® home fragrance oil to the bowl. Do not over-fill the bowl. Do not place wax potpourri in the bowl.
  • Place a Yankee Candle® unscented, metal encased, tea light candle in the center of the base and light candle. Never use scented tea light candles.
  • Allow heat from candle to warm the oil. As the oil warms, fragrance will be released into the room. When desired fragrance level is achieved, extinguish flame and allow unit to cool. Unit will become hot while in use - do not touch while in use. Allow unit, oil and tea light candle to cool completely before touching.
  • Oil may be added to bowl as long as there is oil in the bowl. If no oil remains in the bowl, extinguish candle and allow unit to cool before refilling bowl.
  • Never leave unit unattended. Keep face away from unit while lit.
  • Do not use perfume oils intended for use on the skin.
  • Do not add water to hot oil.
  • Use only with Yankee Candle® home fragrance oils.
  • Keep away from children and pets.
  • To clean: Dispose of tea light and any remaining oil once unit has cooled. Wipe with dry cloth and remove excess oil and deposits.

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Burn Times

Classic Jar Candles

  • Large Classic Jar Candles - 110-150 hours
  • Medium Classic Jar Candles - 65-75 hours
  • Small Classic Jar Candles - 20-30 hours

Tumbler Candles

  • Large 2-Wick Tumbler Candles - 75 to 110 hours
  • Medium 2-Wick Tumbler Candles - 40-50 hours
  • Includes Medium Layered Tumbler Candles
  • Small Tumbler Candles - Up to 30 hours
  • 3-wick Tumbler Candles 30 to 50 hours


  • Large Perfect Pillar™ Candle - 125-165 hours
  • Medium Perfect Pillar™ Candle - 80-110 hours
  • Small Perfect Pillar™ Candle - 45 hours

Samplers® Votive Candles

  • up to 15 hours

Scenterpiece™ Easy MeltCups

  • up to 24 hours

Scented Tea Lights

  • 4 to 6 hours each

Tarts® Wax Potpourri

  • about 8 hours of fragrancing each

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