Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine

Volume 9 Number 4, October 2002

A case series of candle wax burns during the Lantern Festival in Hong Kong

PC Lee, WM Ching, CW Kam, HH Yau

Every year there was significant number of burn cases during the Lantern (Mid-Autumn) Festival in Hong Kong because children liked to play with fire on that day. They would either burn the lantern or boil the wax from candles in a pot over a fire. When the wax has melted, they poured cold water into it, causing a small explosion with water vapour and wax droplets. Children and adolescents were more common than adults to be burnt by the hot vapour, fire or hot wax. The majority sustained partial thickness burns involving the face. Such burn injuries should be preventable by education and legislation. (Hong Kong j.emerg.med. 2002;9:221-225)

Keywords : Burn, candle wax, Festival, Lantern, Mid-Autumn

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