How can I use candles safely during the holidays?

Whether your family observes Christmas or Hanukkah (or both), it's important to be careful when using candles during the holidays, especially if you have young children or pets. Here are some important safety precautions to take with candles:
  • Never use lighted candles on a tree or near greenery.
  • Keep candles away from wrapping paper and other decorations.
  • Place candles where they won't be knocked down or blown over (remember, cats, dogs and children can get to candles in places you'd never suspect!).
  • Don't leave a room or fall asleep with candles burning.
  • Keep matches and lighters safely stored away from children.

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