These guidelines are relevant in the United States, and are often reviewed by international regulation authorities and candle organizations worldwide.
Because fires resulting from candles were on the increase,during 1997 the National Candle Association got involved at the request of the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to lead the way in pioneering an ASTM subcommittee for the purposeof developing improved candle fireworks safety standards.
Membership on the ASTM subcommittee on candle products includes safety organizations, fire officials, the CPSC, and members of the NCA and other interested parties.
This has resulted in the publication of six ASTM candle standards. Two standards are reference standards.
Cautionary Labeling Standard
Reference #: ASTM F-2058
Effective Since: 2000 Revised October 2007
This standard sets forth specifications for the warning label that cautions consumers to always burn a candle within sight; to keep candles away from things that can catch fire; and to keep candles out of the reach of children.
Heat Strength of Glass Containers Standard
Reference #: ASTM F-2179
Effective Since: 2002
This safety standard sets specific scratch test and temper specifications for the correct annealing of glass containers used for candles in addition to thermal shock differential requirements.
Candle Accessories Standard
Reference #: ASTM F-2601
Effective Since: May 2007
Specifications are established in this standard for labeling and testing candle accessories for fire-safety manufacture. (Including potpourri burners, candle burners and candle rings. ) It is anticipated by 2008 the standard will be enlarged to include candle holders and other accessories.
Reference title: Standard Specification for the Fire Safety for Candle Accessories
*Please be advised these are only descriptions of the standards to give a basic idea of the material covered. They are not the actual specifications. The actual ASTM standards are copyrighted by ASTM International. As of the date of this article copies of the actual standards may be purchased for download at www.ASTM.org. The charge to purchase each standard is roughly $39 each.
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