Imported Chinese candles with metal wicks are still sold
in Binondo, Manila despite being banned in many countries due to the risk of lead
eliminate preventable sources of childhood lead exposure, made the revelation as
the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action is observed around
yellow paraffin wax candles with metal wicks for P150 per pair. The candles, placed on a gourd and pineapple
shaped clear glass containers, are sold at shops selling Chinese prayer
testing company, for laboratory analysis that detected a whopping 207,350 parts
per million (ppm) of lead in the composite wicks of approximately 20 candles.
local manufacturers, use cotton wicks and pose no risk of lead pollution. However,
consumers should be wary of imported candles with lead core wicks as these
products could discharge harmful lead fumes during burning,” said Thony Dizon,
Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect.
banned candles with leaded wicks in
1999, Finland in 2001, Denmark in 2002 and USA in 2003, observed the group.
particularly the Food and Drugs
Administration which has jurisdiction over candle products, to ban the manufacture,
importation, distribution and sale of
candles with lead-containing wicks.
Commission warned that “children may
inhale the vaporized lead, placing them at risk.”
to lead by mouthing objects on which lead has settled or by handling such
objects and then mouthing their hands.”
paint chips and dust is the common source of exposure for children, lead builds
up in the body and even exposure to small doses of lead can add to blood lead levels in
children,” Dizon said, as he emphasized that “no safe blood lead level has been
and unborn babies to brain damage, learning disabilities and IQ deficits,
delayed growth and development, and behavioral problems.
can transfer lead to the fetus via the placenta and inflict serious harm to the
developing fetal brain and central nervous system.
the Undas holidays, the EcoWaste Coalition reminded the public to observe the following
the manufacturer’s safety instructions on candle use.
candles with lead metal in the wicks; choose candles with cotton and other
candlewicks to ¼ inch before lighting the candle as long wicks can cause
irregular burning and dripping.
candle holders that will not turn over, catch fire or shatter when they get too
hot, and big enough to capture the wax drips; be sure to place the candle
holder on a stable, heat resistant and uncluttered surface.
5. Burn candles in
a well-aerated space to lessen indoor air pollution, but keep the candles away
from air currents to avoid fast burning and flare-ups.
burning candle in sight, do not leave
lighted candles unattended, snuff them out before you leave the room or go to sleep,
and make sure they are completely out.
matchsticks and other objects into the wax pool.
8. Keep burning
candles away from flammable materials such as paper, books, beddings, curtains,
decorations, fabrics, furniture, plastics, etc.
must burn continuously, ensure that it is placed on a durable candle holder and
put it on a ceramic, metal or plastic container filled with water.
safe from pets; educate the kids that candles are not things to eat or play