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Candle Safety Covered in New Provisional Standard

Last month, ASTM International issued new ASTM PS 59, Provisional Standard Fire Specification for Candles, which addresses the safety requirements of four major candle fire-safety issues: flame height, secondary ignition, end of useful life, and stability.

Candle manufacturers who follow PS 59 can enhance the safe use of candles, says Jim Becker, Candle Solutions, Corbin, Ky., a consultant involved in candle research and development for 30 years. “The standard applies to most candle products on the market today with some exceptions,” he says. “The specification includes test methods for burn testing and for the stability testing of candles.”

A task group of ASTM Subcommittee F15.45 on Candle Products developed the standard with representatives from the National Candle Association, candle manufacturers, retailers, raw material suppliers to the candle industry, testing agencies, government, and other individuals, says Becker, who led the task group and chairs the subcommittee. The task group developed PS 59 under the guidelines of ASTM Committee F15 on Consumer Products. The subcommittee approved the provisional standard in December 2002.

For further technical information, contact Jim Becker, Candle Solutions, Corbin, Ky. (phone 606/523-0994). Committee F15 meets April 11 in Baltimore, Md. For membership or meeting details, go to or contact Kathie Morgan, general manager, Technical Committee Support, ASTM International (phone 610/832-9721). //

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