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Tips for safe candle burning

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(HealthDayNews) -- If your holiday decorations include candles, be sure to light them safely and according to manufacturers' instructions.

The U.S. National Candle Association offers these tips:

  • Don't burn candles on or near anything that can catch fire.
  • Extinguish all candles before leaving a room or before going to sleep.
  • Trim candlewicks to an inch each time before you light them.
  • Keep burning candles away from open windows, vents or air currents.
  • Don't touch or move a votive or container candle while the wax is liquid.
  • Don't extinguish candles with water. Water can cause the hot wax to spatter and glass containers to break.
  • Place candles at least three inches apart from one another.

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