Health Canada has advised that decorative outdoor garden torches with a metal / glass fuel reservoir have been found to be non-compliant with the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations. Over 500 retail establishments were visited since May of 2008, resulting in multiple non-compliant products being removed from sale. The subject torches are used to provide light and can also be used to repel insects.

Fuels used in the subject torches are fuelled by a liquid paraffin or related chemical such as kerosene or hydrocarbon mix, and may have a citronella oil added to help repel insects. These thin, low viscosity fuels are hazardous when ingested, especially to children.

The torch fuel reservoirs are subject to the same labelling and packaging requirements as store-bought fuel containers because of the hazardous nature of the liquid fuels necessary for the torch’s operation. These labelling and packaging requirements must be bilingual on the visible outer surface of the reservoir including the following:

  • Primary Hazard Statement 
  • Hazard Symbol and Signal Word
  • Hazardous Ingredients
  • First Aid Statement

Health Canada will force the removal, disposal or recall of any non-compliant torches, and is currently coordinating enforcement efforts with the Canada Border Services Agency to ensure that non-compliant products do not enter Canada.

Labelling requirements of the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations are at: 
Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001

Compliance tests and procedures are available in the “Guide to Consumer Chemical Product Assessment” found online at: 
Guide to Consumer Chemical Product Assessment

Details of the original warning are available in OMNI TRADE NEWS (Canada), May 2, 2008 at: 
Safety Requirements for Outdoor Torches

Questions can be directed to our technical consulting group.