Keep the wick trimmed to about 1/4 inch to prevent your candle from smoking and burn your candle for no more than 3 to 4 hours per lighting. You should never burn your candle while you are sleeping or leave it unattended. Nor should your candle be left in places that are in close proximity to children or pets. Use a flat heat resistant surface for your candle to prevent damage. Allow your candle to cool completely before moving it.