Who can resist the bright flames and dancing shadows of candles? Candles create a soft, romantic feel for your event, but safety is always a concern with open flames. We recommend flameless candles as a great alternative, but if you really want open-flame candles (and your venue allows) we’ve got a few safety tips to keep you and your guests safe.
Regardless of safety precautions, open-flame candles always have the potential for an accident.
A few other benefits of flameless candles are:
- Flameless candles are battery-powered and produce a similar glowing effect without the safety concerns.
- Some venues require a permit for open-flame candles. One less thing to worry about if you use flameless candles!
- Flameless candles are inexpensive, and you can reuse them whenever and wherever you want candles.
Safety Tips for Open-Flame Candles
Open-flame candles are often used at nighttime events, but can be dangerous!
If your heart is set on open-flame candles, practice these safety tips on your big day:
- Ensure exits are kept clear and fire extinguishers are accessible.
- Keep lit candles away from children and intoxicated guests.
- Never leave burning candles unattended! If your group leaves the room, blow out all the flames, and make sure the wicks aren’t glowing.
- Blow out candles before moving them!
- Keep candles at least a foot away from all flammable material. This means clothes, decorations, flowers, etc….
- Candles need to be inside sturdy candle holders that won’t fall over easily. Place candle holders only on stable, flat surfaces, and space candles at least three inches apart.
- Find safe locations far from ventilation, drafts and ceiling fans. Determine if any lightweight objects nearby may potentially blow into the flames.
- If you’re outside, do not use candles if the wind is blowing.
- Don’t seat guests with oxygen tanks near open flames.
*Pro Tip* Don’t use scented candles! You picked the perfect meal to serve your guests, and they don’t want to smell a perfumed candle with their meal.