ISO Risk & Security

Lighters just got safer, thanks to revised ISO 9994 standards

To help reduce the risks of open flame, ISO standards exist for both regular pocket lighters and the utility types that have a longer reach. In both cases, the focus is on user safety.
Whether used for lighting a candle, or getting a bonfire underway, lighters remain one of the most popular and useful gadgets of all time. And with several million lighters sold every day, the need for standards in this area is clear.

The common element in both pocket- and utility-types of lighter is a plastic reservoir filled with pressurized flammable gas. This presents a very real danger if not designed and manufactured properly. The risk of accidents associated with non-standardized lighters is backed up by some shocking statistics. In Europe alone, lighters cause almost 30 000 severe accidents each year. Beyond the human costs, this carries an economic impact of around EUR 1 billion.

ISO 9994 sets the basic safety requirements for pocket lighters, specifically maximum flame height, drop resistance, resistance to high temperatures, resistance to internal pressure and to continuous burning. It was first introduced in 1989, and in common with all International Standards, has been reviewed and updated to continually keep pace with the latest technology.

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