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Fun in the Lantern Festival! Safety Guidance on Lanterns for Children

  • Date:2022/02/09
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Fun in the Lantern Festival! Safety Guidance on Lanterns for Children

Lantern Festival marks the completion of the half-month-long Lunar New Year festivities. Small lanterns were given out to children by city/county governments as well as other government agencies at this special occasion. The merchants also take this opportunity to put on shelves hand-held lanterns with different designs, materials and colors to attract children's attention. It is a very exciting experience for children to explore the neighborhood at night by carrying lanterns.

The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) regulates the safety of hand-held lanterns designed, manufactured, displayed, sold or labeled intended for children under 14 years of age with a view to protecting children from hazards arising from over-heated batteries, loose strings, sharp edges or hazardous chemicals. Such lanterns are required to complete the relevant inspection procedures and bear the Commodity Inspection Mark before they can be imported or placed on the domestic market. It has informed relevant government bodies giving out hand-held lanterns to procure those that were affixed with the Commodity Inspection Mark and labeled with the required information in Chinese on the body or packaging of the product.

The BSMI provides the following tips for parents to purchase hand-held lanterns that are safe to their children:
1.To purchase products that bear the Commodity Inspection Mark.
2.To check that the labeling provides detailed information about the product, in particular the suitable age, warnings, main ingredients or materials and instructions.
3.To select age-appropriate lanterns for the children.
4.To check that the components are firmly attached to the lantern sets and small parts are not easily detached to prevent choking hazard.
5.To check that there are no sharp edges to prevent cutting hazard.
6.To make sure that the strings or cords of the lanterns do not entail strangulation hazard.
7.To check the labeling of positive and negative poles in the batteries and use batteries of the same brand, material or specification if more than 2 batteries are required so as to prevent burning hazards arising from over-heating of the batteries.
8.To be present around children under 3 years of age when they are carrying traditional candle lanterns.

The BSMI urges consumers to learn more about the products they want to purchase. More understanding yields better protection. Consumers are invited to visit the "Product Safety Information Network" website (https://safety.bsmi.gov.tw/) for more safety tips or to dial the toll-free number 0800-007-123 for assistance.

Responsible Division: 2nd Division
Contact Person: Cheng, Ching-Hong, Deputy Director,
Tel. (O): +886-2343-1763
Email: ch.cheng@bsmi.gov.tw