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Exercise caution when relying on candles to light homes



By Sun Advocate

During the winter months, power outages tend to occur more frequently. Candles can light the way for residents without electricity, but most experts indicate that battery powered sources are safer. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, more than 15,000 home fires were started in the United States in 1999 by candles. Nearly 40 percent of the fires were started after the candles had been abandoned or left unattended in the residences.

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