Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Beeswax wraps can be made using common stovetop cooking skills and utensils. The technique used is similar to the process used by cooks to melt chocolate, and involves melting the wax blend in a pan set over a pot of gently simmering water.

(Go to ‘How to Make’ tab for a full description of the process!)

However, please observe all relevant safety precautions which apply to working with stovetops, boiling water and hot, flammable fats and oils. 

Stay Safe

  • Ensure that small children are kept at a safe distance, and that any older children or inexperienced adults involved in the process are given clear instructions and appropriate safety advice.

  • Before starting, minimize the risk of spillage or splashing of boiling water or heated wax by making sure that the pan fits safely on the pot, that the pot is fully stable on the hotplate or gas ring, and that no handle or other part of the utensils used extends past the edge of the stovetop where it might be knocked.

  • In the event of accidental scalds from boiling water or hot wax, immediately place the affected part under cold running water and maintain the flow of water for several minutes to reduce the risk of burns- seek medical help as required.

  • When dipping and removing the cotton wraps, make sure no wax drips onto the hot plate or gas fire ring, and that the cotton wrap is kept well clear of the hot plate or gas ring.

  • In the case of an accidental fire, if it is safe to do so, take immediate steps to put out the fire

  • Turn off the hotplate or fire ring.

  • If the fire is small and contained in the pan, cover with a lid to extinguish.

  • Baking soda or salt are natural fire retardants and can be thrown on the fire, however make sure not to throw on any flour because it is flammable.

  • If safe to do so, smoother the fire with a ‘Fire Blanket’ or alternatively, a wet towel or large wet cloth.

  • If available, use a standard white coloured (AB(E)) type dry powder, fire extinguisher – but do not use red or blue fire extinguishers and do not spray water onto burning wax as it may further spread the fire.

  • If the fire cannot be extinguished, grows larger and presents a risk of spreading, immediately call 000 or your local emergency services number.

  • Alert anyone nearby who could be affected and move away from the fire and smoke to a safe location.

  • If anyone has suffered burns from the fire, seek immediate medical advice.
     

Allergies

  • Do not use or handle wax wraps if you have any allergy to beeswax and other ingredients used in Bee Folk products.

  • If you suspect you may have an allergy, before use try rubbing a small patch of the product on your forearm – do not use the product if this results in any redness, itchiness or swelling.