Candles, incense and oils create sensuous smells in the home. The comforting fragrance and cozy look of a burning flame inspires millions of people every year to adorn their living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens with luxurious scented blazes.
However, these flames have the potential to be tremendously dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association, over 3,000 fires start every year from candles alone. The fires cause an annual average of 136 deaths, 1,041 injuries and $471 million in property damage. There is undoubtedly a serious need to use candles with care. At least 12% of fires start as a result of human error, specifically from falling asleep before blowing out a flame. However, faulty products also play a part in these tragedies.
On May 1, the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, in cooperation with Nantucket Distributing Co., announced a voluntary recall of a candle holder. The product, a glass and metal tea light holder, has the propensity to produce a high flame, which can cause fire damage. Merchants received at least one report of a tea light burning with a high flame that resulted in a burn to a consumer’s hand.
Christmas tea shops in the Northwest, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest sold the product from July 2011 to March 2012 for about $5. Specifically, the product is a spiral tea light holder made from painted glass with a red, orange and green floral design. The glass has a metal insert for holding the tea light.
Consumers should stop using the recalled spiral tea light holder and return it to any Christmas Tree Shops store to receive a full refund. For additional information, contact Christmas Tree Shops toll-free at (888) 287-3232 any time, or visit the firm’s website www.christmastreeshops.com.
If you have been seriously injured by this product, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced advocate will ensure you are adequately represented.