To avoid damage to surfaces, always place candles and candle holders on a surface that will not be damaged by heat, eg: ceramic tiles or plates. Table mats are not suitable.
Never leave burning candles unattended. Always read and follow manufacturer's instructions supplied with candles. Burn out of reach of children and pets. Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer. Do not blow them out. Never use water to extinguish a candle. Ensure candles are placed at least 10cm apart and allow headroom above the candle for the heat to disperse. Ensure candles are burned away from flammable items. Candles should be burned away from other sources of heat such as television sets and away from direct sunlight. Trim wick to 1cm before lighting and relighting. If the candle smokes extinguish and trim the wick. Ensure candles are burned in an upright position. Remove all packaging and labels before use. Use a suitable non-flammable holder.