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Novelty (Toylike) Lighters

Overview

The Youth Firesetter Prevention and Intervention program has a long history of being concerned about the dangers of lighters - including novelty lighters - in the hands of young children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission adopted a safety standard in 1994, requiring disposable cigarette lighters be manufactured to child resistant standards. This safety standard has been highly effective in reducing child fatalities nationwide. Although the standard also defined novelty lighters, it did not prohibit the sale and distribution of lighters that look like toys. Many lighters today look like animals, miniature cars, musical instruments and game pieces. Other lighters look like adult tools in miniature - cell phones, hammers, paint brushes, and felt-tip markers. These lighters are dangerous in the hands of juveniles or adults unable to distinguish the difference between a toy and a lighter. Prohibiting the sale of these lighters would protect our children from lighters that encourage their curiosity, inviting unintentional misuse and placing them and their families at risk for burn injury, death and property loss.
 
Fact Sheet

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States Passing Legislation

Arkansas
Illinois
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts
Mississippi
New Jersey
Nevada
North Carolina
Oregon
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia
Washington

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Other states Considering Similar Bans

Alabama
California
Delaware
Hawaii
Iowa
Kansas
Michigan
South Carolina
 

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International Bans

European Union

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City or County Ordinances Banning Lighters

California
Cathedral City
Chula Vista
El Cajon
Encinitas
Highland
La Mesa
National City
Redlands
San Diego City
Solana Beach
Vista
 
Connecticut
New London
 
Georgia
Dawson County
Dawsonville
 
Kentucky
Jefferson County
Shively
 
Mississippi
Meridian
 
Ohio
Huber Heights
 
Wyoming
Burns

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In the News

Public Service Announcements
Holiday Toylike Lighter Announcement 
If you do not have a video player available on your system, we have provided this cross platform link to a downloadable version for viewing the Office of State Fire Marshal Video Announcements. Real Player

TOYLIKE LIGHTERS

Toylike Lighter Television Public Service Announcement

News Stories From Around The Country
No Novelty Lighters
Idea Bank
 

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Hot Issues Newsletters


Toylike Lighter Campaign -- Winter 2008 

Toylike Lighter Campaign -- Summer 2008

Toylike Lighter Campaign -- Winter 2007

Toylike Lighter Campaign -- Summer 2007 

A Call To Action  -- Summer 2006 

  
 

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Resources

Toylike Lighter Poster
This poster is best printed on 11 X 17 paper.
 
National Volunteer Fire Council link for more information on states taking legislative action on the toylike lighter issue http://www.nvfc.org/Novelty_Lighter_Legislation
 
 
For more information,
contact Krista Fischer at krista.fischer@state.or.us or (503) 934-8240 in the
 
 
Fire and Life Safety Education
Office of State Fire Marshal
4760 Portland Road NE
Salem, OR  97305
503-378-3473

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Incident Report Form

If you are aware of a fire or burn injury involving a child or youth using a novelty lighter, we need your help. We are asking fire department and burn centers, both in Oregon and nationwide, to collect this data including age and gender of the child or youth, details about the fire incident and/or burn injury, amount of damage caused and a discription of the lighter. A photograph of the lighter would be welcomed. Please complete a Incident Report Form and email to krista.fischer@state.or.us, fax 503-373-1825 or mail to:
 
Office of State Fire Marshal
Attn: Education - YFPI
4760 Portland Rd NE
Salem, OR  97305-1760

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