November 6, 1996
Release # 97-019
|CPSC: Hanna Simone
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185
CPSC and Walgreens Announce Hand Candle
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), East West Distributing Co. and Walgreens of
Deerfield, Ill., is recalling about 95,900 hand-shaped, five finger Decorative Novelty
Candles made for Halloween. The hand-shaped wax candles generate high flames that may
present a fire hazard.
This recall is the third issued by CPSC and candle distributors concerning the potential
fire hazard associated with certain brands of the five finger, hand shaped Halloween
candles. Recalls of two similarly styled candles were issued by Russ Berrie and Company of
Oakland, N.J., (for 17,600 Dem Bones and 67,600 Glowing Gore wax candles) and C.R. Seasons
LTD of Farmingdale, N.Y., (for 47,100 Bleeding Hand wax candles).
The Decorative Novelty Halloween Candle is hand shaped with five fingers each having
individual wicks. The candle flames may reach 8 inches high as the candles melt down to
the palm with the wicks of the five fingers burning together. East West Distributing Co.
and Walgreens have received no reports of excess flames or injuries associated with the
Bleeding Hand Halloween candles. This recall is being conducted to prevent injuries and
The hand-shaped wax candle is pink skin-toned color with a red band around the bottom of
the wrist. The 7-inch high candle is packaged in a purple, red, and yellow-shaded
cardboard box with a picture of the candle on the front. The name "Decorative Novelty
Candle" is printed on the front of the box with the price of $2.99 in the upper right
hand corner. Walgreens retail stores sold the five finger, hand-shaped candle nationwide
from August 1996 through October 1996 for $2.99.
Consumers should immediately stop using the hand-shaped candles and return remaining
candles to Walgreens for a refund of the purchase price. For more information consumers
should call East West Distributing Co. or Walgreens at (800)289-2273.
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