Is It Bad to Light Candles in Your Room? The Truth About Air Quality

There’s something about the glow of a lit candle that just feels cozy. Maybe it’s the memories of childhood Christmases or Hannukah celebrations when we were surrounded by candles in our homes. Or maybe it’s simply the romance of a flickering flame. But what if we told you that burning candles in your bedroom might not be as safe as you think? In this article, we will explore the risks associated with burning candles in your bedroom and provide some tips for keeping your air quality high.

A photo of lots of candles in a small bedroom
It can be so relaxing to burn a scented candle in your room, but is it safe to do so?

Is it safe to light candles in your room?

Well, this is a question that has so many variables and will have to be broken down into sections.

I am going to start with what I believe you are referring to with this question which I believe is air quality and toxicity. After all, there has been lots of talk lately about some of the toxic chemicals that scented candles release into our homes and it is obviously quite worrisome.

Air quality and toxicity.

If you have a small room with little ventilation then it may not be a good idea to burn a candle for prolonged periods of time. Burning a candle releases particles into the air and if there isn’t good ventilation, these particles can become trapped and concentrated.

In terms of toxicity, it really depends on the type of candle you are burning. If you are burning a scented candle that contains synthetic fragrance, then there is potential for toxicity. Synthetic fragrances are made up of a cocktail of chemicals, many of which are known to be toxic. When these candles are burned, the chemicals are released into the air and can be inhaled. Try to use naturally scented candles that use essential oils as these are not toxic. Although prolonged use of some essential oils can cause nausea.

Also, it is so important that you choose the correct candle wax, and stay away from paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is a petroleum-based product and when burned, it releases toxins into the air. The best candle wax to use is beeswax, soy wax, or coconut wax as these are natural and non-toxic.

How to reduce the risk of bad air quality.

If your room is on the small side it is important to go for a naturally scented candle made of natural wax such as soy.

Along with this if you have a window or door make sure to open it slightly to create airflow. This will allow any toxins that are released to be dispersed instead of accumulating in your room.

Also, try not to burn your candles for hours at a time. Generally burning candles in your room will not cause you any issues as long as you don’t do it in excess and try to also create a little ventilation.

Risk of fire in your room.

Another risk that you face when burning candles in your room is the risk of fire. I mean think about it, you usually sleep in your room. There have been stories of people lighting a nice relaxing essential oil-infused candle in their room and then falling to sleep. Then the candle has burnt down or managed to catch fire to objects or furniture in the room from something as simple as a pet knocking it over. It’s a scary thought but one that needs to be considered.

So if you are feeling really tired or get overly relaxed it is time to blow out the candle in your room to avoid the risk of a fire.

Tips to keep safe when burning a candle in your room.

Below is a list of tips that you can follow to help keep you safe if you decide to burn candles in your room.

  • Make sure your room is well ventilated. Open a window or door to allow for airflow
  • Choose candles made of natural wax such as beeswax, soy wax, or coconut wax. Avoid paraffin wax candles as they release toxins into the air when burned.
  • Look for candles that are naturally scented with essential oils. Avoid candles with synthetic fragrances as they can be toxic.
  • Don’t burn your candle for more than an hour or two at a time. If you start to feel tired, it’s time to blow out the candle.
  • Ensure the candle is placed on a stable surface where there is nothing close by such as furniture or loose fabrics like curtains.
  • Never leave a lit candle unattended. If you must leave the room, blow it out first. Extinguish the candle properly.

Final thoughts.

So there you have it, the truth about burning candles in your room. It’s not as bad as you might think but there are certain risks that you need to be aware of. Follow the tips above and you’ll be able to enjoy your candles without any worries. Thanks for reading!

Andrew Scents and Aroma