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Advising Canadians about Reed Diffusers
- Starting date:
- December 3, 2012
- Posting date:
- December 3, 2012
- Type of communication:
- Information Update
- Household Items, Specialized Products
- Source of recall:
- Health Canada
- Important Safety Information, Poisoning Hazard
- General Public
- Identification number:
- What you should do
- Report health or safety concerns
- Related AWRs
- Media enquiries
- Public enquiries
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 should do
- Keep reed diffusers and any product containing oils out of reach of young children and locked out of sight when not in use.
- 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.
Report health or safety concerns
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
269 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1A 0K9
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For more information
For further information contact your nearest Health Canada Product Safety Office by phone at 1-866-662-0666 (toll-free) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org (please indicate the province or territory from which you are corresponding).
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