Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Citronella wax torches a potential hazard-- fire officials
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 28 Jul 2006, p. 10

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Citronella wax torches can be a fire hazard, warns Halton Hills Fire Protection and Prevention Services. In tests of the torches conducted by another fire department a spokesperson for the local department said hot, flaming wax began dripping and flowing down after the torches had been lit for a period of time. The flaming wax ignited combustible materials at ground level, (dry grass and mulch) including the bamboo pole that supports the cylindrical shaped candle. In the tests the poles toppled and ignited other combustible materials and it was determined if left unattended in close proximity to combustible materials it could potentially develop into a significant fire and cause extensive property damage. "While we have not been made aware of any incidents involving these torches, we would appreciate being notified of any problems or experiences," said Director of Fire Services Bob Meads. "As with any torch or candle, only adults should be handling them and exercising extreme care in their use." Health Canada, which investigates complaints involving candles and fire related products, recently posted information for consumers on its website about the torches. It will be monitoring the situation to determine if further action is warranted. The torches usually consist of a candle supported along its axis by a long bamboo pole that extends beyond the bottom of the wax portion and can be vertically inserted into a heat resistant surface so the torch can burn upright. They are sold individually or in a multi-unit package under generic product names by a number of major retail chains and discount stores.

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Citronella wax torches a potential hazard-- fire officials