Candle Usage in Assemblies

Fire Marshal’s Office

Requirements for the Use of Candles

  • Candles are only allowed on tables and bars.
  • The candle base must be noncombustible and have a wide base.
  • Candles must not spill more than ¼ of a teaspoon per minute of wax or fuel if tipped over.
  • The flame must be enclosed except for the top and openings of up to ½” on the sides.
  • If the top is open it must not ignite tissue paper placed over the top for 10 seconds.
  • The candle must return to an upright position if tilted to a 45-degree angle. Candles that fail this test would still be allowed if both the following conditions are met:

1. The candle does not spill more than ¼ of a teaspoon per minute of wax or fuel if tipped over.

2. The candle must self-extinguish if tipped over.

  • If the candle has more than 8 ounces of solid (wax) or liquid fuel it must meet the following requirements:

1. The candle does not spill more than ¼ of a teaspoon per minute of wax or fuel if tipped over.

2. The candle must self-extinguish if tipped over.

Additional questions regarding the use of candles may be directed to Portland Fire & Rescue, Prevention Division.