The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has alerted Portland Fire & Rescue and other fire agencies that novelty/toylike lighters are beginning to reappear in Oregon retail outlets. In February 2010, OSFM compliance staff confiscated prohibited lighters from several retailers. Prohibited lighters include those with a misleading design, audio or visual effects, or other features that may make the lighter appealing or attractive to a child less than 10-years-old.
As of June 2, 2009, Oregon House Bill 2365 was passed which prohibits the sale, manufacturing, importing, or distribution of novelty/toylike lights within the state of Oregon. It also prohibits possession of novelty lighters in inventory for purposes of sale or distribution. Many of these novelty lighters look like animals, miniature cars, musical instruments, and game pieces which can encourage children’s curiosity and invites unintentional misuse. These novelty lighters could place children and their families at risk for burn injury, death and property loss.
Click here to visit the OSFM’s website for more specific information on Novelty/Toylike lighter laws and rules, and to view a photo gallery and list of prohibited novelty lighters.
Portland Fire & Rescue
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March 3, 2011