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This 390-square-foot salt cave in Bethesda contains 32 tons of pink Himalayan salt rocks, 4 tons of which are ground and spread on the floor. (WTOP photo/Rachel Nania)

Turn off your Himalayan rock salt lamp. It may start a fire.


Be sure to check the UPC code on the bottom of your Himalayan rock salt lamp before you use it.

Thousands of the trendy products, which remained sold out in some stores for months, have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission because the dimmer can overheat and catch fire.

Don't be alarmed, though. Not all of Himalayan rock salt lamps have been recalled--just those produced by Lumiere and sold at Michaels. 

The arts and crafts retrain store prompted customers to return the product in exchange for a full refund. 

The much-sought-after product is said to boast health properties and act like a natural air purifier. 

"When the Himalayan salt lamp is lit, it emits negative ions that fight against positively charged particles like allergen, smoke, dander, pollens and other air pollutants that cause a stuffy and sluggish feeling," Walmart's description of the rock salt lamp read.

But many remain skeptical of its ability to do just that. Michael Terman, a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University, called the lamps "commercial hype," suggesting there is no evidence that the product is good for your health. 

Regardless of whether the lamp actually promotes better health, or if it just simply emits a relaxing and soft glow, people are still up in arms about the product.

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