Citronella Candle Safety

Citronella candles are used to repel mosquitoes and other biting insects during the summer. People often place them on patios, decks and outdoor tables. They are an environmentally safe and decorative way to keep bugs away. They come in many forms, such as pillars, votives and torches, but an open flame around children, animals or flammable materials is dangerous, so you must burn a citronella candle safely.


Citronella candles should be placed out of reach of children and pets. Use them in a location where they cannot be easily knocked over, such as the center of a large table or on a high shelf.


Citronella candles should be burned in a glass, terra-cotta or metal container, according to, as they are less likely to be a hazard.

Preventing Spills

To prevent your citronella candle from falling over and spilling hot wax, place it in a bucket of sand or water, according to


Citronella candles should be burned outdoors, according to, as there is no proof that excessive inhalation of citronella is safe. Do not burn these candles in an area that is not well ventilated.


As with any candle, a citronella candle should not be left unattended. If you are leaving the area where your candle is burning, blow it out first.


Store your citronella candle safely out of reach of children and away from any flammable sources, according to the Household Products Database.