Novelty Lighter Law Update


According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) website, 17 states now have laws that ban the sale and/or distribution of novelty and toylike lighters. Novelty lighters can be appealing to a child because they resemble a cartoon character, toy or gun, or produce flashing lights or sounds.

States that have passed legislation to ban or limit the sale of novelty lighters include: Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

If you live in a state that has not passed legislation to ban or limit the sale of novelty lighters, USFA requests that you contact your State Fire Marshal’s office to find out if your legislature is considering a bill. BIC Corporation has been an enthusiastic supporter of such legislation 2008, when Maine became the first state to pass legislation prohibiting the sale and distribution of novelty lighters.

To learn more, visit: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/novelty_lighters.html