TikToker reveals we've all been using lighters wrong: 'This is always my struggle'

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One TikToker, @sidneyraz, is determined to educate his 1.4 million followers with all the things he should’ve known before he was in his 30s. He schools users on everything from the “real way” to hang pictures on plaster walls to how to actually eat an English muffin and the proper way to use an airplane pillow.

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But one of his most popular videos is on how to use a lighter the right way. 

“Here’s something I wish I knew before I was in my 30s: how to use a lighter,” he explained. “When lighting something that’s below, don’t light it this way and go down.” 

He flicked the lighter with his left hand so the flame was facing right then turned it downward. This way makes it much more likely that you’ll burn yourself because the fire bends toward your thumb. 

“Greatly reduce your risk of boo-boo owies,” he said. “Righties face the lighter to right, lefties face the lighters to the left.”   

When the lighter is facing the correct direction the flame will bend away from your hand, which means fewer burns and boo-boos. 

The tutorial racked up 4.1 million videos on TikTok

“Nice. I’m 39 and just learned this today,” a user wrote

“I didn’t know this even though I smoke so I’ve been struggling for no reason,” another said

“Dude this is always my struggle when lighting candles,” someone commented

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