Your Candlelight Can Make You Sick: What You Need to Be Aware of This Christmas

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.13 - 2023 8:48 AM CET

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The days have gotten darker, and Christmas is just around the corner. This also means that the consumption of candles is on the rise. In order to save on the energy bill, many people choose to turn off the light and light candles instead. But what many consumers are not aware of is that candle smoke is not harmless.

Fills the room with gas

According to Pensionist.dk, the candle is created by incomplete combustion, which means that not all substances are completely burned. Instead, these substances are distributed in the room where the candle is located. When the candle burns, the wax melts, it evaporates and rises up as a gas. This means that the polluting substances are transported to the air we breathe.

Usually, candles from ordinary retail are made of beeswax, stearic acid, paraffin or a mixture of these substances. In addition, alcohols, acetone and sulfur, which are contained in color pigments, hardeners or solvents in the added fragrances, can be problematic for health.

Can cause several health problems

Many of the problematic substances are suspected of triggering allergies, promoting respiratory diseases or even being carcinogenic. Two examples of pollutants that are commonly found in candles are benzene and toluene, which are classified as strong carcinogens.

The healthiest candle you can choose is beeswax candle or stearic acid candle. You should avoid paraffin candles, which emit far more unhealthy fumes. If you want to completely avoid the toxic fumes, then you should choose an LED light, which in many cases can give the same feeling of live candles. Remember in all cases to ensure good and healthy ventilation of the rooms where there are candles.

Here are some tips for reducing the risk of health problems from candle smoke:

  • Use candles made of beeswax, stearic acid or soy wax.

  • Avoid paraffin candles, which are the most common type of candle and emit the most pollutants.

  • Keep candles away from flammable materials.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.

  • Extinguish candles before going to bed or leaving the room.

  • Open a window or door to ventilate the room where you are using candles.

By following these tips, you can help to reduce your exposure to the harmful pollutants that can be released from candles.

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