DOH warns against lighting candles with lead wicks

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 30 2019 03:19 PM

MANILA - Lighting candles with lead wicks may pose a threat to one’s wellbeing, the Department of Health warned Wednesday as millions of Filipinos are expected to pay their respects to the dead.

Candles sold in metal containers with lead are also a health hazard as inhaling lead vapors can cause neurological damage, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo told reporters.

“Tanungin natin yung mga nagtitinda, ayaw natin nung may metal doon sa may wick ng kandila,” he said.

(Ask the vendors because we don’t want candles with metals in the wick.)

The Food and Drug Administration has warned against inhaling lead emissions, saying it may result in “increased blood lead levels” in babies and children.

Other toxic effects of exposure to lead candles are delayed mental and physical development, and attention and learning deficiencies, the FDA said.