Always put candles on a heat resistant surface. Be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic. TVs are not fire-resistant objects.
Put them in a suitable holder. Candles need to be held firmly upright by the holder so they won’t fall over. The holder needs to be stable too so it will not fall over either.
Position them away from curtains. Do not put candles near curtains or other fabrics or furniture and keep them out of draughts.
Do not put them under shelves. It is easy to forget that there is a lot of heat above a burning candle. If you put it under a shelf or other surface then it can burn the surface. Make sure there is at least three feet (one meter) between a candle and any surface above it.
Keep clothes and hair away. If there is any chance you could lean across a candle and forget it is there then put it somewhere else.
Candles should be out of reach of children and pets.
Keep candles apart. Leave at least four inches (10cm) between two burning candles.
Take care with votive or scented candles. These kinds of candles turn to liquid to release their fragrance, so put them in a glass or metal holder.
Do not move them when they are burning. Extinguish candles before moving them. Also, don’t let anything fall into the hot wax like matchsticks.
Do not leave them burning. Extinguish candles before you leave a room. Never go to sleep with a candle still burning. And never leave a burning candle or oil burner in a child's bedroom.
Use a snuffer or a spoon to put them out. It is safer than blowing them out which can send sparks and hot wax flying.
Double check they are out. Candles that have been put out can go on smouldering.