Tiki torch fuel safety begins with common sense and continues with careful design and manufacturing. Every year, we hear of accidents and fires caused by poorly designed and improperly used tiki torches. Here are some safety tips for tiki torches.
First, one should use some common sense when using any torch that has an exposed flame. Never set up tiki torches near flammable materials. I have seen a tiki torch knocked over accidentally and the spilling fuel ignited a fabric.
If kids or adults, that may have over enjoyed some adult beverages, are near, make certain your tiki torches are out of the way to prevent them being bumped into possibly knocking them over.
Now lets consider design features that make the entire Tiki experience safer; wicks should be secured through a heavy-wick collar that is threaded into the body of the tiki torch. The body of the torch should be of a material that can survive being dropped and knocked around without any significant tiki torch fuel leakage. A thin-walled tiki torch can be easily punctured allowing tiki torch fuel to leak.
A snuffer should be a standard feature of any torch. The snuffer should be made from a non-flammable material. Keep in mind the wick remains hot for some time after the flame has been extinguished.
Tiki torch fill openings are a major source for overfilling. Most torches require that you remove the wick to fill the torch. It is normal to want to pour in as much tiki torch fuel as you can. That will overfill the tiki torch and cause a potential fire hazard. A properly designed torch will have a separate fill receptacle with a threaded cap that won’t fly off if the torch is accidentally knocked over. We deliberately place the fill location to prevent the overfilling of our tiki torches.