How to Put Out a Match

According to the American Matchcover Collecting Club, the first matches were invented in 1827 by John Walker, an English druggist. He marketed a sulfur-tipped wooden splint that was difficult to handle. Today, matches are safer to use and are a convenient way to start a fire for camping, cooking or lighting candles. Put out a match as soon as you are done with it to prevent accidental fires.

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Hold the match securely in either your left or right hand.

Purse your lips as if you are about to whistle.

Bring the match 6 inches away from your mouth. Blow hard toward the flame to put out the fire.

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