Proposed Model Match Bill

Proposed Model Match Bill

Following is a copy of the model match bill, proposed to regulate the manufacture, storage, sale and distribution of matches, formulated for introduction in the legislatures of the various states during the coming winter:

A bill to regulate the manufacture, storage, sale and distribution of matches, and to provide penalties for the violation thereof.

  1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of .That no person, association or corporation shall manufacture, store, offer for sale, sell, or otherwise dispose of, or distribute, white phosphorous, single-dipped, striWe-anywhere matches of the type popularly known as “parlor matches”; nor manufacture, store, sell, offer for sale, or otherwise dispose of, or distribute, white phosphorous, double-dipped, strikc-anywherc matches or any other type of double-dipped matches, unless the bulb or first dip of such match is composed of a so-called safety or inert composition, non-ignitablc on an abrasive surface; nor manufacture, store, sell, offer for sale or otherwise dispose of, or distribute, matches which will ignite in a laboratory oven at a temperature of less than 200 degrees F. when subjected in said oven to a gradually increasing heat and maintained at the before stated continuous temperature for a period of not less than eight hours; nor manufacture, store, sell, offer for sale, sell or otherwise dispose of. or distribute, Blazer or so-called wind matches, whether of the socalled safety or strike-anvwhere type.
  2. No person, association or corporation, shall offer for sale, sell or otherwise dispose of, or distribute any matches, unless the package or container in which matches are packed, bears plainly marked on the outside thereof the name tf the manufacturer and the brand or trade-mark under which such matches are sold, disposed of, or distributed; nor shall more than one case of each brand of matches of any type or manufacture be opened at any one time in any retail store where matches arc sold or otherwise disposed of; nor shall loose boxes, or paper wrapped packages, of matches he kept on shelves or stored in such retail stores at a height exceeding live feet from the floor; all matches, when stored in warehouses, must be kept only in properly secured cases, and not piled to a height exceeding 10 feet from the floor; nor be stored within a horizontal distance of 10 feet from any boiler, furnace, stove or other like heating apparatus, nor within a horizontal distance of 2b feet from any explosive material kept or stored on the same floor; all matches shall be packed in boxes or suitable packages, containing not more than 700 matches in any one box or package; provided, however, that when more than 300 matches are packed in any one box or package, the said matches shall be arranged in two nearly equal portions, the heads of the matches in the two portions shall be placed in opposite directions; and all boxes containing 330 or more matches, shall have placed over the matches a center holding or protecting strip, made oi chip board, not less than one and onequarter inches wide; said strip shall be flanged down to hold the matches in position when the box is netted into the shuck or withdrawn from it.
  3. All matches, boxes or packages shall be packed in strong shipping containers or cases; maximum number of match boxes or packages contained in any one shipping container or case, shall not exceed the following number:
  4. No shipping container or case constructed of fibre-board, corrugated fibre board, or wood, nailed or wire-bound, containing matches, shall have a weight, including its contents, exceeding 7 i pounds; and no lock-cornered wood case containing matches, shall have a weight, including its contents, exceeding 85 pounds; nor shall any Other article or commodity be packed with matches in any such container or case; and all such shipping containers or cases containing strike anywhere matches, shall have plainly marked on the outside thereof the words “STRIK hi-A N YVY11 ERE MATCHES,” and all shipping containers or cases containing “Strike on Box” matches shall have plainly marked on the outside thereof the words “STRIKE ON BOX MATCHES.”

  5. Any person, association, or corporation, violating any of the provisions of tile act, shall be fined for the first offense, not less than $5, nor more than $25; and for each subsequent violation, not less than $25.
  6. All laws in conflict with the provisions of this act, are hereby repealed.
  7. This act shall become effective on.

Note.—The trade will require from 12 to 18 months in which to dispose of the old form of matches, prohibited by this act.

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