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Using candles safely

Like most home products, candles are safe as long as you use them
properly. The problem is thinking that as long as a candle doesn't fall over
or come into contact with anything flammable, it is okay.
However, according to the National Candle Association (
there's more you can do to ensure candle safety.
• Do not place candles where they can be knocked over by pets. (Cats
can be particularly fascinated by the flickering light.)
• Trim the wick to 1/4 inch before burning. A long wick can cause the
candle to drip.
• Don't burn a candle all the way down. At about two inches, put the
candle out.

• Despite what you see in movies, don’t try to bravely extinguish a
candle with your fingers.
• Avoid using a candle during a power outage. Use flashlights instead.
• Never use a candle as a night light next to your bed.
And, of course, never leave a candle burning unattended. If you need to
leave the room, put the candle out.

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