38,000 Holiday Candles Recalled for Potential Fires and Burn Injuries
Retailer Kohl’s is recalling about 512,000 Sonoma Goods for Life branded, three-wick candles due to the danger of fires and burn injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a news release of the recall stating that the candle’s high flames can ignite the wax’s surface and cause the glass to break.
Details of the Recall
So far, Kohl’s has received 29 reports that involved high flames and/or breaking glass containers with the three-wick candles. Five of those incidents resulted in burn injuries and six of them involved property damage. The recalled candles were sold at Kohl’s stores across the country and online at kohls.com from December 2019 through October 2020 for about $20. The recalls involved 30 models from the Sonoma Goods for Life line. The model names are printed on the exterior of the candles’ glass containers.
On the bottom of the container are the fragrance, style number, UPC and date code. If you purchased the recalled candle, officials say you should stop using it right away. You can return the candle to a Kohl’s store for a full refund. If you don’t have a receipt, you can still return it and get store credit. For more information, contact Kohl’s at (855) 564-5755.
Guarding Against Candle Fires
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2014 to 2018, candles caused 2% of home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries and 4% of direct property damage. Roughly 37% of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 40% of the associated deaths and 49% of associated injuries. December is the peak time of year of home candle fires. In December, 12% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
Here are a few precautions we can all take to prevent these dangerous candle fires:
- Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
- Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that is flammable.
- If you do burn candles, use candleholders on a sturdy uncluttered surface.
- Light candles carefully. Keep your hair or any loose clothing away from the flame.
- Never burn a candle all the way down. Put it out before it gets too close to the container or holder.
- Do not use candles in case of a power outage. Keep flashlights and fresh batteries ready.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, contact an experienced product defect lawyer who can help you pursue your legal rights.