Candles mark special occasions and create a special atmosphere. They also bring fire into your home. So treat them carefully. Here are some guidelines.
Always put candles on a heat resistant surface.
Be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which
get hot enough to melt plastic tv's
Put them in a proper 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 won't fall
Position them away from curtains.
Don't put candles near curtains or other fabrics - or furniture.
And keep them out of draughts.
Don't put them under shelves.
It's easy to forget that there's 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's at least three feet (one metre)
between a candle and any surface above it.
Keep clothes and hair away.
If there's any chance you could lean across a candle and forget
it's there, put it somewhere else. You don't want to set fire to
your clothes or your hair.
Keep children and pets away.
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.
Don't move them when they're burning.
Extinguish candles before moving them. Also, don't let anything
fall into the hot wax like match sticks.
Don't 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's safer than
blowing them, which can send sparks and hot wax flying.
Double-check they're out .
Candles that have been put out can go on smouldering and start a
fire. Make sure they're completely out.