It is better to be candle safe than sorry. This advice never gets old:
What lies beneath? Place lit candles on a heat-resistant surface. Candle flames and melting wax are extremely hot (and hazardous) combinations, not to mention the damage inflicted on favourite lacquered table tops.
Put it out. Extinguish candle flames whenever you leave the room.
Kill the breeze. Draughts can catch a flame and carry it to a curtain or plant or another item of flammable something and, whoosh, a fire starts in seconds.
Never fall asleep by candlelight. Burning candles and sleep are the stuff of nightmares. We know someone who once fell asleep in a chair by the fireside. He was tucked under a duvet with pretty, little tea lights burning on the hearth – all very peaceful and cosy until he kicked out a leg in his sleep and inadvertently flicked the duvet over the tea lights. He woke up with his feet on fire and ended up in hospital. Not so pretty after all. This is a true story.
High, higher, no higher still. People are never going to stop placing lit candles on coffee tables, on the floor, or the hearth, or dotting tea lights along the ground. You do, however, need to take extra special care when children and animals are gallivanting around in case a candle gets knocked over. Similarly, lit candles in the presence of uncoordinated or inebriated adults (we’ve all had our klutz moments) are not a good idea either.