As incense use involves an open flame there are some very important guidelines to follow which will not only ensure the safety of you, your loved ones and your home, but will also garner the best result from the burning process.

There are a few easy rules of thumb to follow. To start off with, the best way to use incense is to let it smoulder, not burn – this ensures you get the fragrance of the incense (instead of a burning, smoky smell), and will make the product last a lot longer. To achieve a smoulder, ignite the incense with a match or lighter and allow it to burn for ten to fifteen seconds. Extinguish by blowing or fanning after the burn period. This allows the incense to heat and glow red-hot, and it should then smoulder until spent.

Always use a heat-proof container, and make sure you keep loose paper, curtains, or any other flammable materials well away from the incense. Never leave pets or children unattended with burning incense. Make sure you have extinguished and allowed the incense to cool properly after use before you dispose of the ashes and remnants – charcoal can hold heat and flame for a long time.