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Tip of the week: One more reason to snuff out candles

Hospital Safety Insider, October 29, 2008

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Open flames and incense embers are fire risks in the hospital environment for a host of reasons, but here’s another reason to stay away from them:

The Environmental Protection Agency says that candles and incense can release black soot and carbon monoxide in varying quantities into the air, creating indoor air quality concerns.

Moreover, some candles feature lead-laced wicks, which help keep the wick standing up straight, but the lead burns and becomes an airborne toxin as well.

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