Candles are part of many winter traditions and celebrations. With all the excitement that can come with hosting parties and people, it’s easy to forget about the candles. It takes just a few minutes for hot wax to start a fire once it comes in contact with any flammable material. Even candles contained in glass can heat up considerably and burn the surface they’re sitting on. So keep candlelight in sight. When you leave the room, blow out the candles.