Moving Muktzeh To Avoid Injury
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May one move Muktzeh in order to avoid one getting injured?
The Gemara in Shabbat 52a states that one is permitted to move a thorn on Shabbat in order to prevent injuring another person (See Shabbat 52a for exact case). From this Gemara we learn that one may move a Muktzeh item in a private domain in order to prevent injuring another.
That being said, if a muktzeh item is in a place where it will cause injury to a passerby then it may be removed in the usual manner. This includes items such as thorns, broken glass, rusty nails, sharp pieces of metal, hot charcoal, dangerous chemicals, and the like.  Similarly, one may move candle-sticks if they are in a place where someone may push it over and get dirty from the leftover oil. 
Furthermore, one may turn off a gas stove top (only if the flame already went out) in order to prevent further gas leak, which could pose a potential danger. 
. Shulchan Aruch 308:18, 334:27, 518:3; Rama 308:6; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 129. If possible, in a place where there are not many people, one should move the muktzeh in an indirect manner (see Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchatah 25:9).
. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, pp. 128-129; Mishnah Berurah 308:77. See also in Halichot Shabbat, Malka, vol. 1, p. 140 who permits to move a small muktzeh object, such as a coin from the floor, even directly, if one is afraid that a child may pick it up and try to swallow it.
. See Birkei Yosef 279:7; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, pp. 129-130.
. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 205 in the footnote. See also in Yechaveh Daat 2:66; Yabia Omer, vol. 3, O.C. 30; and Chazon Ovadia, Yom Tov, p. 58.
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