EN 17616 and EN 17617, new specifications for fire safety and product safety labels for outdoor candles, help to ensure a reasonable degree of safety during use.
Two new European standards, EN 17616 and EN 17617, regarding fire safety and safety information for outdoor candles were published in December 2021.
Candles intended to be burned outdoors, including, but not limited to container candles, floating candles, freestanding candles and garden torches shall comply with the following requirements and provide suitable safety information for consumers to minimize the risk of fires, deaths and injuries due to unsafe candles and/or their inappropriate use.
Type of outdoor candle
Mandatory supplementary safety information texts
Container candles (excluding grave lights)
Note: The supplementary safety information symbols or texts shall be placed in close proximity to the general warning sign, i.e. below and/or to the right beside the general warning sign, see Figures 1 & 2.
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These two European standards shall be given the status of a national standard, either by publication of an identical text or by endorsement, at the latest by June 2022, and conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn at the latest by June 2022.
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