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                     Sally Foster Inc.
        Recalls Tea Lights Candles for Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today 
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer 
product. Consumers should stop using recalled products 
immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of product:
Tea Lights Sold with Votive Candle Holders

Retailer: Sally Foster, Inc., of Troy, Mich.

Importer: Innovage Distribution, Inc., of Los Angeles, 
Calif.

Hazard: The tea light candles have a clear, plastic shell 
that can melt or ignite, posing a fire or burn hazard to 
consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Sally Foster has received two reports 
of the plastic shells of these tea light candles igniting, 
causing minor property damage. No injuries have been 
reported.

Description: The recalled tea lights were sold as part 
of the three-piece Glass Candle Holders with Tea Lights 
Set, item number S106 in the Sally Foster catalog and 
Web site. The product’s packaging was marked “Votive 
Holders with Tealights-Set of 3” and “Item Number 2006 
157.” Only the white tea light candles with clear 
plastic shells are affected. Products delivered after 
December 8, 2006 included tea lights with metal shells 
and are not included in this recall. The glass candle 
holders sold with these tea lights are not subject to 
the recall and consumers may continue to use them.

Sold through: Sally Foster’s Web site from July 2006 
through December 2006 and in Sally Foster catalogs from 
August 2006 through December 2006 for about $15.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the tea 
light candles and contact Sally Foster for a set of six 
free replacement tea light candles with metal shells. 
Consumers who purchased the item online will be directly 
notified by Sally Foster and will receive the free set 
of six replacement tea light candles. 

Consumer Contact: Call Sally Foster toll-free at (866) 
723-0925 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET Monday through 
Friday, and between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday through 
Sunday, or visit the firm’s Web site at 
www.sallyfoster.com

Media Contact at Sally Foster: Tamara Oliverio, (248) 
404-2142

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                      Winter Storms
  Causing Consumers to Reach for Supplemental Heating

CPSC Warns of Deadly Fire and CO Dangers 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With winter storms and cold weather 
impacting much of the country, the need for supplemental 
heating is on the rise. Continued reports of deaths and 
injuries associated with alternative heating products 
prompts the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 
again to warn consumers to exercise extreme caution when 
using space heaters, kerosene heaters, and fireplaces.

On January 17, a 1-year-old, Westmoreland, N.Y., girl was 
killed when a space heater in her room ignited a fire. Her 
mother, while trying to rescue the child, received burns 
to her hands, arms and face. In another recent incident, 
a Tarrant City, Ala., couple was killed when embers from 
their fireplace ignited a fire that spread throughout the
home.

“There are nearly 25,000 fires and 140 deaths on average 
each year from portable heaters, fireplaces and chimneys,” 
said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. “Use these products 
properly and have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms 
to help keep your family safe this winter.”

Home heating equipment is one of the most common causes 
of residential structure fires, second only to cooking 
fires. Portable heaters, including space heaters, are the 
leading cause of deaths in home heating equipment-related 
fires. Space heaters can cause fires if they are placed 
too close to flammable materials such as drapes, 
furniture or bedding. Fireplaces can cause fires if the 
chimney is cracked, blocked or coated with creosote, or 
if sparks and embers reach flammable materials.

Also, carbon monoxide (CO) from gasoline-powered genera-
tors that may be used during winter weather-related power 
outages can kill in minutes. Consumers should never use 
a generator, charcoal or gas grill in an enclosed area. 
In addition, fuel-burning appliances can cause carbon 
monoxide poisoning if they are improperly installed, 
poorly maintained, have defective or blocked venting 
systems, or are misused.

To help prevent deaths and injuries, CPSC urges consumers 
to:

Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas,
oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified 
technician every year. Install battery-operated CO and 
smoke alarms in your home. Locate CO alarms outside the 
bedrooms in each separate sleeping area. Locate smoke 
alarms on each level of the house and inside every bed-
room. Replace smoke and CO alarm batteries in the spring 
and fall when you change the time on your clocks. If an 
alarm sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911. 
Seek medical attention immediately if you are feeling 
dizzy, lightheaded or nauseous. These are symptoms of CO 
poisoning. 

Fireplaces:

Have flues and chimneys inspected before each heating 
season for leakage and blockage by creosote (an oily 
deposit that readily ignites) or debris. Open the fire-
place damper before lighting the fire and keep it open 
until the ashes are cool. Never close the damper if the 
ashes are still warm. An open damper may help prevent 
build-up of poisonous gases inside the home. Store fire-
place ashes in a fire resistant container and cover it 
with a lid. Keep the container outdoors and away from 
combustibles. Never use flammable liquid to start a 
fire. 

Space heaters:

Place the heater on a level, hard and nonflammable surface 
(such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs or carpets or 
near bedding or drapes. Keep the heater at least three feet 
from bedding, drapes, furniture and other flammable mater-
ials. Keep children and pets away from space heaters. To 
reduce the risk of fire, NEVER leave a space heater on 
when you go to sleep or place a space heater close to any 
sleeping person. Turn the space heater off if you leave 
the area. Never use extension cords to power electric 
heaters. Use a space heater that has been tested to the 
latest safety standards and certified by a nationally-
recognized testing laboratory. These heaters will have 
the most up-to-date safety features. A newer gas space 
heater that meets current safety standards will shut off 
if oxygen levels fall too low. 

Charcoal grills:

NEVER burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or 
campers. Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if 
ventilation is provided. 

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                Old Williamsburgh Candle Corp.
                  Recalls Mason Jar Candles 
              Due To Laceration and Burn Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today 
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer 
product. Consumers should stop using recalled products 
immediately unless otherwise instructed. 

Name of product: Old Williamsburgh Mason Jar Candles, 
sizes 3.5 to 5.0 oz.

Manufacturer: Old Williamsburgh Candle Corp., of Brooklyn,
N.Y.

Hazard: The wick can move from the center of the jar to 
the side causing the glass to overheat and possibly crack 
or shatter. Exposure to broken glass and molten wax poses 
laceration and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Old Williamsburgh Candle Corp. has 
received 11 reports of the candles cracking or shattering, 
including one laceration injury.

Description: This recall involves all scents and colors 
of Mason Jar Candles in 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0 oz. sizes. 
The size of the candle is specified on the label at the 
bottom of the jar, on the last line of the label. 
Replacement Mason Jar Candles, which are not included 
in the recall, have a “Q” on either side of the label.

Sold through: Dollar stores, discount stores, and grocery 
stores nationwide from May 2006 through December 2006 for
between $1 and $1.50.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the 
candles and return them to the place of purchase for an 
exchange or full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Old 
Williamsburgh Candle Corp. toll-free at (866) 564-1500 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or 
visit the firm’s Web site at www.oldwilliamsburgh.com

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