In our daily lives, we all need light and fire for cooking food, igniting ovens, LPG stoves, camping, etc.; fire and light are essential for burning burners, fireplaces, etc. For lighting up the fire, matchsticks are the ones which are tiny yet do more significant actions. They are in the form of either plastic or wood. They also are made up of cardboard strips.
On the other hand, Lighters are another source for igniting the fire, which uses the fuel for proper ignition and burning. They are small and compact, yet the fire burns continuously from lighter.
From the above sources for igniting, let’s get to know about the uses and benefits of safety matches and lighters.
Overview of Safety Matches
Matchsticks are smaller wooden sticks extracted from white pine trees and aspen. Their nature is strong and durable. Moreover, these kinds of safety matches are widely used because those sticks prevent fire when the match goes out. They are compact and handy in nature, so they help ignite campfires and burners.
The advantage of matchsticks is that they can be used once and will only burn for a certain period. So there will be no waste of the flames, and if those are disposed of, no hazardous waste occurs since the materials are made up of wood or tissue papers (for wax safety matches). Hence, matchsticks do create pollution relatively lesser compared to lighters.
Overview of Lighters
On the other hand, lighters are another type of source which produces the spark to light up the stoves. They are more reusable and more reliable. If the lighters are used appropriately, they will last for an extended period. They are also cheaper and more affordable. To use a lighter, there is a button. Press the button, and a tiny spark will come up that will ignite the fire. The advantages of using the lighters are they are handy
and last longer than matches. In addition, the lighters have child-safety locks, which is safer for the children if they use those lighters accidentally, which may cause accidental impacts.
Meanwhile, the Lighters are classified into various types, such as Electronic, Butane, and Long reach lighters.
Electronic lighters use batteries to ignite the fire, whilst Butane lighters use Butane hydrocarbon gas to ignite flames. There are Long-reach lighters, which are specially designed for igniting deep pots with stoves with tall burners.
Benefits of Matches over the Lighters
One of the main advantages of using safety matches is the improved safety features. Safety matches are designed to ignite only on a specific type of rough surface, typically found on the side of the matchbox or a designated striker strip. This means they are less likely to ignite accidentally, reducing the risk of fires caused by unintentional sparks. Quenker matches provide a wide variety of safety matches which are prepared with environmental concerns.
Another advantage of safety matches is the improved stability and devoid of breakage. Safety matchsticks are typically made from a combination of antimony trisulfide and potassium chlorate, which have a lesser chance of breakage. Hence this makes safety matches more durable, reducing the chances of accidental breakage during transportation or storage.
Unlike the lighters, which are made up of plastics and some hydrocarbons, the matchsticks are made up of wood, tissue paper etc., so that will not contribute to global emitting pollutant materials causing pollution, landfills and solid wastes, which some animals and birds consume. These will be more hazardous wastes.
Are the matches significantly easier to dispose of than lighters? The answer is 100% yes. Because they are mostly made of wood, on the other hand, lighters require plastic, metal, and gas. Wood particles can be composted enough when the match is over, and they will break down into natural particles. But the lighters, which are made up of metals, plastics etc., will not get broken down.
In terms of safety, matches do cause less harm since the burning time of the matches is less compared to the lighters. Either the spark from the lighter or the flames from the butane lighter may harm if they are accidentally used. And moreover, it is uncertain whether the chemicals or electrical components of the lighters cause dangerous impacts. On the safer side, safety matches are less harmful because the flames will not burn longer and are not more effective for humans.
The matchsticks will not affect the ecosystem even after being thrown out and can be easily decomposed. But the lighters are made up of metals and plastic and also have either electrical components or harmful and inflammable chemicals and gases that may cause harm to the ecosystem once they are disposed of.
In addition, the lighters are used only once. Hence there will be an enormous amount of metal wastage and butane gases wastage. After usage, the gases, plastics, metals etc., are thrown away and thus causing either the landfills or may be consumed by animals or any other sea organisms.
Compared to lighters, safety matches are eco-friendly. So, users who are concerned towards the environment will not go for lighters.
In a nutshell, matches burn natural elements such as phosphorus, which would not pollute and damage the atmosphere. On the other hand, The lighters use butane, which is actually a fossil fuel that can harm the atmosphere when burned. From the above comparison, The safer thing is safety matches.
Let’s save the earth; let’s use safety matches.
Even though the lighters are easier to use and burn longer, the safety matches are safer to use. Because the chemicals used in these matches are less harmful and hence reduce the risks of unintentional fires.
Hopefully, the article brings awareness about the usage of safety matches that do not contribute to the atmosphere’s greenhouse gases.
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