Understanding the Label

Candles are Labeled for Fire Safety


The National Candle Association is committed to the safety of candles and candle users.

NCA works aggressively to educate consumers on the importance of candle fire-safety, and has played a pivotal role in the development of national industry standards for the fire-safety labeling and design of candles and candle accessories.

You can’t see the fire-safety designs that reputable candle manufacturers follow when making their candles, but you can see the fire-safety label.


Look for the cautionary label and read it carefully before burning a candle. It’s the first step to ensuring your safety.

What You Should Know

Every candle should have a cautionary label or tag listing the three key rules for candle fire-safety.

Most cautionary labels also include additional manufacturer instructions for burning the candle properly.

All NCA members label their candles for fire safety, and test their candles to meet fire-safety manufacturing specifications.

Beware of purchasing a candle that doesn’t carry a fire-safety label.

Reputable candle manufacturers adhere to industry standards. If a candle doesn’t meet the labeling standard, it probably doesn’t meet other important industry standards for fire-safety design.

The Look of Candle Fire Safety

These graphic safety symbols are being seen on more and more candle labels worldwide.  Learn to recognize these important visual reminders of the candle fire-safety rules.

The NCA recommends candle manufacturers to use these files to create candle fire safety labels utilizing the ASTM F2058 Standard Specification for Candle Fire Safety Labeling, which is available at www.astm.org.

Candle manufacturers may follow the links below to download  EPS (high resolution), JPEG, or PDF versions of the pictograms for use in designing their warning labels.

Burn Within Sight: EPS | JPEG | PDF

Keep Away from Combustibles: EPS | JPEG | PDF

Keep Away from Children: EPS | JPEG | PDF

*To download and view the EPS versions as linked above, you must have the required version of the Adobe Reader software.

Burn Within Sight.

Keep Away from Children.

Keep Away from Combustibles.