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Decorative refillable outdoor torches are composed of three parts: a shaft, a fuel reservoir and a wick. The shaft is usually made of wood (such as bamboo) or metal and this is stuck in the ground or mounted on the side of a deck. The reservoir usually sits on top of the shaft and contains liquid fuel (such as kerosene). The reservoir can be made of various materials such as metal or glass. The wick sits partly inside the reservoir and partly outside where it can be lit. The torch is generally used to provide light and has a decorative function.
These products pose flammability and toxicity hazards to both children and adults.
Decorative refillable garden torches are subject to the safety standards of the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 ( CCCR, 2001) under the authority of the Hazardous Products Act. The hazards posed by these products result in the need for special labelling on the reservoir of the torch. Some fuels also require the reservoir to be child-resistant. If the fuel bottle used to fill the reservoir is child-resistant, then the torch reservoir must be as well.
Many of these torch products previously sold in Canada did not meet Health Canada's safety standards under the CCCR, 2001. The CCCR, 2001 requires that all hazardous chemical products be labelled and packaged according to the dangers they pose to users. The CCCR, 2001 also requires that this information be put on any empty container which is sold with the intention of being filled with a hazardous chemical product.
To determine if a torch is compliant with the CCCR, 2001, both these requirements must be met:
By comparing the labels and packaging on the bottle of fuel and torch reservoir you can easily determine if your torches are compliant with the CCCR, 2001.
For more information on how to read a chemical product label, please visit: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/label-letiquette-eng.php
For further information, including information about product compliance, contact your nearest Health Canada Product Safety office by phone at 1-866-662-0666 (toll-free) or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (please indicate the province or territory from which you are corresponding).