ALAFAVE – The Latin American Candle Manufacturers Association
Who are we?
The Latin American Candle Manufacturers Association – ALAFAVE – was created in 1999 as a non-profit association by a group of candle manufacturers and suppliers to the candle industry. The goals of ALAFAVE are:
THREE COMMITTEES ASSIST THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN IMPLEMENTING THE ASSOCIATION’S PROJECTS.
The committee is comprised of the President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the association. Together with the Executive Director they supervise and coordinate the daily activities of the association and all decisions taken by this committee are promptly related to the Board of Directors.
The committee is responsible for planning and coordinating the technical program and Trade Show of the association’s annual conference. Suppliers and candle manufacturers members of ALAFAVE are invited to participate in the activities of this committee.
COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
The committee is responsible for planning, coordinating, and communicating the information, news, promotions and networking activities, through email, the Punto de Fusión blog, social media and our website. Supplier and candle manufacturer members of ALAFAVE are invited to participate in the activities of this committee.
Candle Safety Tips
Only burn candles when they can be kept under constant adult supervision.
Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents and currents.
Use a candle holder that is appropriate to the size of the candle and always place it on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
Keep the wax pool free of matches, wick trimmings and debris at all times.
Do not allow the flame to come too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2” of wax remains (1/2”if in a container).
Extinguish any candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes too high.
Extinguish all candles before leaving the house or when going to bed.
Use a flashlight during power outages.
Regulations and Standards in the Global Industry
ASTM INTERNATIONAL, formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), has published five candle standards, three of them specifically addressing fire safety.
A sixth standard establishing fire-safety specifications for candle accessories is under development. All ASTM standards are copyrighted by ASTM International. Copies of the actual standards can be purchased from www.astm.org. The cost is approximately US$30 each.
STANDARD GUIDE FOR TERMINOLOGY RELATING TO CANDLES AND ASSOCIATED ACCESSORY ITEMS
Defines candle terminology including terms such as candle, candle accessory, wax candle, wick, etc.
STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS FOR CAUTIONARY LABELING FOR CANDLES BURNED IN A HOME
Sets forth the minimum wording, type, style and design requirements for the warning label that is to be placed on candles. The standard addresses the three most common causes of accidental candle fires:
- Keep burning candle within sight
- Keep out of reach of children and pets
- Never on or near anything that can catch fire
STANDARD SPECIFICATION FOR ANNEALED SODA-LIME SILICATE GLASS CONTAINERS THAT ARE PRODUCED FOR USE AS CANDLE CONTAINERS
Developed to address concerns over candle fires caused by broken or shattered glass containers, this standard establishes scratch test and temper specifications for the proper annealing of glass containers used for candles, as well as thermal shock differential requirements.
FIRE-SAFETY DESIGN STANDARD
Sets fire prevention measures for the manufacture and design of candles and candle ensembles. Requirements of the standards are:
- Maximum flame height on all candles shall not exceed 3 inches (3.75” for church candles)
- A candle placed on an incline of 10 degrees shall not tip over
- A candle shall not support ignition at points other than the intended wick or wicks
- When a free-standing, tea light, tea light ensemble, votive or filled candle reaches the end of its useful life:
- the candle must not exhibit excessive flame height
- the candle must not exhibit secondary ignition
- the flame must go out
- if a filled candle, the container shall not break