Warning: Avoid toxic candles during Undas - EcoWaste

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 28 2019 09:16 AM

MANILA - An environmental group advised Filipinos Monday to avoid buying candles with lead-cored wicks since these have adverse health effects as millions are expected to flock to cemeteries for All Saints' Day.

Lighting candles with lead wicks could pose lead poisoning risk, particularly for children who might inhale the lead vapors, EcoWaste Coalition said.

Emissions from candles with lead-cored wicks "can result in increased blood lead levels in unborn babies, babies, and young children," the group said. 

Such candles are still sold in markets like in Binondo, Manila, the coalition said, most of which are colored red and placed in glass containers shaped like gourd, lotus, and pineapple. 

The public is instead advised to buy locally-made candles with braided or twisted cotton as wicks.