Well-meaning parents are always doing their best to keep their children safe. These are the ones who try to hose their kids down with disinfectant every hour. They’re also the ones taking every precaution to keep them from hurting themselves in any way.
And yet, even the most paranoid parents can endanger their kids. Without even knowing it, these parents could place their kids in harm’s way without any idea. Could you also be putting your kid in harm’s way?
It happened on a typical day. Budden was looking at her daughter when she noticed black dots in her baby’s nose. The mother was immediately alarmed, as black dots in your child's nose is not something you expect to find.
If a scented candle is burned for longer than three hours, it “will begin to emit a cancer causing substance in the air.” This happens as the fumes emitted react to the air inside the house. Most people don’t know this. But most people don’t read the instructions of a scented candle (or anything else for that matter).
This is not just a theory. Nor is it just another cancer-causing myth. Sure, many things these days seem to cause cancer, but scented candles do really pose a risk if burned for longer than recommended.
A professor from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of York in the United Kingdom, Alastair Lewis, has spoken about this dangerous substance. He “confirmed that the ingredient that is commonly used to give candles their enjoyable aroma also is the chemical that changes into the dangerous gas formaldehyde when burned.” That apple pie scented candle isn’t looking so peachy now, is it?
It’s not only Professor Lewis who has spoken about this substance. The Health Protection Agency has also “listed Formaldehyde as an officialcancer causing substance.” So things don’t look so good for scented candles.
But now, just because you’ve read this, it doesn’t mean you need to go and throw away all of your scented candles. After all, a scented candle is a life saver. It’s what we’ll turn to when we need to cover up the scent of dog poop, baby pee or whatever else is making the house stink.
You can also “blow out your candle when it begins to collect soot around the wick.” In doing so, you will be protecting everyone in the house from “the inhalation of formaldehyde.” Who knew these sweet smelling candles could be so evil?