New BS EN 71-2 2011 Edition, Safety of toys – Flammability

BS EN 71-2, “Safety of toys.  Flammability,” has just been released as the new 2011 Edition.  It replaces BS EN 71-2:2006+A1:2007, which is now obsolete.  This official English edition specifies the categories of flammable materials which are prohibited in all toys sold in Europe, and requirements concerning flammability of certain toys when they are subjected to a small source of ignition.

The test methods described in Clause 5 are used for the purposes of determining the flammability of toys under the particular test conditions specified. The test results thus obtained cannot be considered as providing an overall indication of the potential fire hazard of toys or materials when subjected to other sources of ignition.

BS EN 71-2:2011 includes general requirements relating to all toys and specific requirements and methods of test relating to the following toys, which are considered as being those presenting the greatest hazard: – toys to be worn on the head: beards, moustaches, wigs, etc. made from hair, pile or material with similar features; masks; hoods, head-dresses, etc.; flowing elements of toys to be worn on the head, but excluding paper novelty hats of the type usually supplied in party crackers; – toy disguise costumes and toys intended to be worn by a child in play; – toys intended to be entered by a child; – soft-filled toys.

NOTE Additional requirements for flammability of electric toys are specified in BS EN 62115.

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