Health Tip: Like Lighting Candles? Do it Safely

Don't burn candles while asleep

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(HealthDay News) -- If you enjoy burning candles, be sure to follow basic safety rules to help prevent fires.

The National Fire Protection Association offers these suggestions:

  • Extinguish candles before going to bed or leaving a room. Don't burn candles in rooms where someone may sleep.
  • Make sure any candle is at least 12 inches away from anything that may catch fire. Use a candle on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Make sure no loose clothing or hair is near the candle.
  • Use sturdy candle holders to prevent tipping, and don't allow a candle to burn all the way down.
  • Don't burn candles where oxygen is being used.
  • Consider flameless candles.
  • During a power outage, skip candles and use flashlights.

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