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Advising Canadians about Reed Diffusers

December 3, 2012

OTTAWA, Dec. 3, 2012 /CNW/ – Health Canada is advising parents and
caregivers to keep reed diffusers out of reach of children and to teach
them about the potential hazards posed by these products.

Reed diffusers are home fragrance products that consist of a bottle,
scented oils and reeds (thin wooden sticks used to diffuse the oil).
These products can come in various colours and sizes. There are several
different types of oils used in reed diffuser products, some of which
may be harmful if ingested. Once the diffuser container is filled with
the scented oil, the reeds are placed into the filled bottle with one
end submerged in the oil, making it readily accessible to toddlers or
young children exploring their environment. The colourful, fragrant
oils and decorative material are likely to attract a child’s attention.


Health Canada has received reports of children becoming ill after
ingesting the liquid contents of reed diffuser products. Depending on
the product formulation, some liquids used in reed diffusers can pose
serious health risks to children if unintentional exposure occurs.

Consumer chemical products and containers, including reed diffuser oils
and the containers used to store the oils, are subject to the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001. Therefore, a reed diffuser that contains a liquid classified as toxic or
flammable must have the appropriate labelling and packaging. Health
Canada regularly monitors the marketplace, and takes appropriate action
when non-compliant products are identified. However, there are steps
parents and caregivers can take at home to help prevent injury.

What You Can Do

        --  Keep reed diffusers and any product containing oils out of
            reach of young children and locked out of sight when not in
        --  Consumers should read the labels on the bottles to be aware of
            the hazards posed by the product.
        --  Make sure children understand the hazard symbols on household
            chemical products, so they do not unintentionally harm
            themselves or others.
        --  Read more about
            Poison Prevention.

If a child does access the contents of a reed diffuser, parents should
contact the nearest poison control centre or call 911. The contact
number is generally on the first page of your telephone book under
Emergency Numbers.

For Further Information
For further information contact your nearest Health Canada Product
Safety Office by phone at 1-866-662-0666 (toll-free) or email at cps-spc@hc-sc.gc.ca (please indicate the province or territory from which you are

How to report problems with consumer products to Health Canada:
Internet: Report an Incident Involving a Consumer Product
Phone: 1-866-662-0666 (calls will be routed to closest regional office)
Mail: Incident Report – Consumer Product Safety Directorate
Health Canada
269 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1A 0K9

Stay connected with Health Canada and receive the latest advisories and
product recalls using these social media tools: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/home-accueil/sm-ms/index-eng.php

SOURCE Health Canada

PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/12/03/20121203_C5574_DOC_EN_21464.pdf

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