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Put candles on a heat resistant surface. Be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic
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 over either.
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.
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. Always burn them in a glass or metal holder.
Don't move them when burning. 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.