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Keep a close eye on burning candles


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Candles are used in 70% of U.S. households, according to the National Candle Association. But they need to be used carefully. The U.S. Fire Administration says that an average of 42 candle-related fires are reported every day.

The NCA has tips for safe use of candles:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. If leaving a room, extinguish all candles and ensure the wick ember isn’t glowing.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire, including furniture, drapes, bedding and paper.
  • Keep lit candles away from children and pets.
  • Before burning a candle, trim its wick to one-fourth of an inch.
  • Don’t burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room and avoid burning too many in a small room where air exchange is restricted.
  • Blow out a candle when 2 inches of wax remains, or half an inch if the candle is in a container.
  • Never attempt to remove wax drippings from a glass holder with a sharp object. This could weaken the glass, causing it to break during subsequent use.
  • To help prevent hot wax splatters, use a snuffer to extinguish a flame.
  • In the event of a power outage, flashlights are safer than candles.
  • Don’t use a candle as a nightlight.

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