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North Yorkshire Residents Warned Over Wax Melts

North Yorkshire Residents Warned Over Wax Melts

Published by Karen Liu at 11:21am 8th June 2020.

North Yorkshire residents are being warned about wax melts.

It comes from the County Council who says with people spending more time at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, many have been buying small treats to make lockdown more enjoyable. 

The authority's Trading Standards team has seen an increase in people buying and making wax melts, used in a decorative burner to scent the home, and are issuing a warning to parents to keep them away from young children. 

Many of the melts seen by the team produce a fragrance, such as strawberries and cream or chocolate, which mimics food. Some include dried flowers or fruit for decoration. Melts are produced in a variety of shapes and sizes, including in the shape of food, such as chocolate bars, sweets or cakes. These can be very tempting to young children who are at risk of choking or asphyxiation if they take a bite from one or swallow or inhale a decorative topping. 

County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Trading Standards, said:

“Wax melts are a pleasant way for people to cheer up their time at home, but I would urge anyone with young children at home to keep them well out of their reach.

I would encourage anyone who makes melts or similar products to contact the Trading Standards team for advice to ensure that they are designed and labelled in a safe and legal way.”

Anyone making products and based in North Yorkshire can obtain free advice about the legal requirements relating to safety and other trading standards matters by contacting the Trading Standards team on 01609 780780 or business.advice@northyorks.gov.uk.   

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