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Recently, ASTM has published a revised version of the standard ASTM F24171 for fire safety for candles.
The standard has been long adopted to provide a reasonable degree of safety for normal use with candles, thereby improving personal safety and reducing fires, deaths, and injuries.
The updates are primarily editorial to the 2016 version with most technical requirements remain unchanged except for the following major changes:
- Addition and rework of some definitions for candle terms.
Introduce new definitions such as extended use candle and religious/ceremonial candles and clarify the definitions for tealight candles, votive candles, gel-containing candles, etc.
Candles such as an Easter, Paschal, sacramental, or alter, generally 17 in. (43 cm) or more in length and used in public venue are now considered as religious/ceremonial candles; other worship candles to be used at home are now under the definition of extended use candles.
- With the introduction of extended use candles, the burning performance test stipulates further that this kind of candles shall be tested to burn for the prescribed length of time. The burn cycle for other types of candles remain unchanged.
- The requirement of plastic container flammability test is further clarified that apart from the total burn time of max. 300 s (ten plastic containers) and no single burn time exceed 30 s, no single plastic container shall be completely consumed during testing.
In the 2016 version, this requirement is only indicated in the chapter of testing, but not in the chapter of requirements which may lead to potential misinterpretation.