Laugh, or Cry – product recall on a candle that can catch fire…

I know, it is a serious thing. Likely the size of wick vs wax pool can heat the wax to where it vaporizes and makes nice BIG flame. But still, you just can’t make this stuff up. A candle being recalled because it can “catch fire”…

Back in 2006, so we are likely safe from flammable candles now…

IKEA Recalls Candles for Fire and Burn Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Outdoor Candles

Units: About 133,000 packages of six candles

Manufacturer: IKEA Home Furnishings, of Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

Hazard: The candle’s wax can catch fire causing a high flame and posing a fire and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: IKEA has received 16 reports of incidents involving flaring of the outdoor candles, seven of which involved minor burn injuries.

Description and Models: The recall involves the ANGAR (#200.301.24) and SAMLAS (#900.524.43) outdoor candles. The candle’s container is made of silver-colored metal and measures about four inches wide by two inches high. The container is filled with white wax. The candle’s wick is about ½ inch square and is made of brown fiberboard. They were sold in packages of six candles. The candle name and article number (#) is written on the instructions for use accompanying the candles.

Ikea candles that actually can burn...

Ikea candles that actually can burn…

One can only wonder if the sporadic few that had a flame up were due to high volatiles in the wax, being placed in clusters, running them on the BBQ, …. But at least now we know that we are being kept safe from flammable candles by our vigilant government…

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8 Responses to Laugh, or Cry – product recall on a candle that can catch fire…

  1. Next thing you know, there’ll be a recall of all wooden articles because of flammability. Think of all those wood-frame houses. You can’t make this up….

  2. Steve C says:

    That’s beautiful. It seems sometimes that much modern “‘Elf’n’Safety’ is driven by satirists, intent on discrediting the whole notion with surrealism.

    Somewhere in my junk pile I have a tall, cylindrical tin in which, some years ago, I bought some peanuts. You’re way ahead of me, but I’ll confirm it anyhow: on the side of the tin was the solemn warning “May contain nuts”. May???

  3. Ralph B says:

    They do look a little weird with that square wick. Fiber board for a wick? Must’ve worked pretty darned well.

    Taking the subject off on a tangent…When I read Benjamin Franklins biography his father was a candle maker. Back then they used lard rather than wax (unless you were rich) some of the issues were sputtering, smokey, and odors. No recalls though that I have heard of.

  4. p.g.sharrow says:

    Well, it does look like a pisspoor design for a candle. pg

  5. John Robertson says:

    Oh no, next water wet.
    The National Building Code in Canada defines drywall as a combustible material, according to my local Fire Marshal.
    There is no defence against fools. In the background(TV) I hear your Fool in Chief, trying to gain advantage from dead children, Fools ban tools.

  6. Andrew says:

    sort of off topic but interesting too “Candle Flames Contain Millions of Tiny Diamonds:

  7. punmaster says:

    Drywall combustible? Here I thought it was used because it was not combustible. But that is so last year, isn’t it?

    As for our fool in chief, of course he will use children. He will gain advantage from anything, no matter how insensitive and deplorable. Everything is about him getting the attention and applause, so the concepts of unethical and immoral do not apply.

  8. Kevin Dawson says:

    Thought that this great Fire Prevention idea would interest you.
    We will have Power Failures – People will Burn Candles

    I am the first to agree that flashlights and light sticks are the preferred form of emergency lighting. The difficulty with most homes and emergency kits is their ability to provide lighting on a long term basis -24/48/72 hours or 10 days. This is why Kevin’s Kandles are an ideal tool for emergency and disaster preparedness.
    – 15,000+ accidental candle fires are reported in the USA each year. Kevin’s Kandles greatly reduce this risk for your family and your community. They help eliminate the “Stupid Factor” when people run out of batteries during extended power failures and “get creative” with their illumination.
    In North America, 4% of residential fires are candle related. A majority of the deaths and injuries occur during power failures and in houses where the electricity has been disconnected.
    – Again, this is why Kevin’s Kandles are such a great tool for Emergency and Disaster Preparedness. They are Much Safer than traditional candles, Convenient, Inexpensive and Environmentally Friendly. If a Kevin’s Kandle is left unattended – it will go out; if it is tipped over – it will go out!
    -Each pack of Kevin’s Kandles manufactured in the USA, contains 100 – 10 hour candles. A carton measures 15 x 15 x 20”, weighs 25 pounds and contains 500 packs of Kevin’s Kandles. That’s a potential of 50,000 – 10 hour candles!
    To view the demonstration video and learn more visit

    Reply: This looks a bit like spam. Pushing a product, and somewhat off topic but has a key word match. I’m letting it through as the product looks useful. I have a ‘vegetable oil’ candle just like this bought years ago at a local store. They “smell” a bit compared to wax candles (but don’t have the petroleum smell… so ‘pick on’…) and are not as bright. Still, knowing that I’ve got a few hundred hours of ‘candle light’ in the typical jug of oil in the fridge is just one more ‘layer of depth’ to the quake preparedness. The basic product is a floating plastic disk with a wick in it. You can also just make your own wicks and float them in some other material. I think wood with a metal washer right under the wick would likely work well, though you could probably skip the washer if the center is depressed enough to make a ‘well’ for the oil. -E.M.Smith]

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