Danger Of Scented Candles
Megan Mayer 3/17/2016
Meghan Budden was going about a normal day in her Hoboken apartment, until she went to feed her baby. Earlier, she had lit two large scented candles, and left them burning while she did her usual tasks. While people know to be careful of the potential fire hazard of candles, many, like Meghan was, are unaware of the other concerning effects a scented candle can have.
Meghan didn’t think anything of leaving the candles to burn for 6 or 7 hours. But the next morning, she not only noticed black spots in her nose, she found that her baby’s nostrils were all black. Even after cleaning his nose out, there were still some specks left. She then read more about the candle and found that it warns not to burn it more than 3 hours.
Doctor Lisa Liberatore confirmed that she has seen this many times before. To reduce the soot, people can keep the wick trimmed, should never keep the candle in a drafty area, and if soot is seen they should put the candle out right away. Meghan and her son Jimmy are doing fine, but she is sure to be paying more attention to her candles now and following these suggestions.