Information Bulletin Number 0703013


National Effort to Eliminate Novelty Lighters Lighters Disguised as Toys are the Target

Oregon State Fire Marshal, Nancy Orr, is leading a nationwide effort in calling for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to prohibit the sale and distribution of novelty lighters. Her office has partnered with The Idea Bank to create a video-based web page to gather fire incident data. The web page may be viewed at:

http://www.theideabank.com/psa/NoveltyLighters.html

In a video message on the website, Orr asks fire professionals, "Do you know of a fire or burn injury involving a child using a novelty lighter? If you do, please complete the incident report form we've provided and email the information to us. Together, we can eliminate novelty lighters and the fire dangers they create." The sale of novelty lighters has already been banned in Europe. Orr points out that gathering incident reports is pivotal to getting novelty lighters banned in this country. That's because the CPSC requires nationwide data before considering changes to existing regulations.