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Channel 7 On Your Side: Candle Warning
by Jeff Thelen

Candles add a pleasant smell and nice atmosphere to almost any room, but a candle with a lead wick inside can make you sick.

Federal regulators recently agreed to ban the use of candles that contain lead wicks, saying they can release dangerous fumes. They can even lead to lead poisoning in children.

The rule will not take effect until the end of the year, but candle makers agreed to a self imposed lead wick ban back in 1974.

Jim Peters, the owner of  The New Millennium Candle Company said the best way to ensure you are not buying a candle with a lead wick is to buy American. Many foreign candle makers still put lead in their wicks.

Peters uses other types of metals for wicks in candles that require them. Jar candles, for example, need the metal-based wick to stay burning.

Peters also makes candles with no metal in the wick. Which is the type the Consumer Product Safety Commission Recommends.

If you would like more information on the candle warning you can visit the
CSPC  from our website. 

Reprinted from Channel 7's website

Our Position on the lead core wicking issue

The recent decision by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban lead-core wicks is a policy supported by the National Candle Association. The members, who manufacture about 95% of the candles in the United States, have agreed not to use lead core wicking since 1974.

Until the U.S. decides on an all out ban of such candles, consumers should be cautious of burning any candle that contains a metal core wick.

Our understanding of the problem with lead core wicking is primarily the health risks that can occur when the candle is burned in a closed environment. A candle bought solely for decoration and is not burned poses no immediate health risk. Of course these candles should be kept out of the reach of children so they don't touch the wick or put them in their mouth.

What to do if you have a candle you suspect has a lead core wick.

1. Keep out of the reach of children

2. Do not burn the suspected candle in a closed environment

3. Burn the candle outside with plenty of ventilation to reduce accumulating lead emissions

4. If you decide to dispose of the candle, follow EPA guidelines for disposing of hazardous material

For future purchases of candles:

1. Check to see if the candle wick has a metal core.

2. If there is a metal core, see if there is a label telling you what type of metal is used.

a. Lead

b. Zinc

c. Tin

3. Purchase with caution any candles that arenít labeled.

4. Decorative candles that will not be burned shouldn't have to abide by these standards, but they must be kept out of the reach of children.

Our wicking supplier has informed us that they havenít sold lead core wicking since 1993.

Some of our candles are produced using a metal zinc core wick.

In the future, all New Millennium Candle Company candles will be labeled that the wicking is lead free and notices will also be posted on our website.


Thank you for taking the time to read this important announcement!



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