The number of lead laden toys available to our tots is frightening. But can you imagine ignitable "toys"?
Not actually toys, these wacky lighters can easily be mistaken for them. Manufacturers have crafted novelty igniters in shapes of butterflies, motorcycles, Santas, dogs, and frogs, to name a few. Unfortunately, these fire starters have unintentionally found their way into smaller hands.
To find out what is being done about it,
Because children are intrigued by the novelty items, the National Association of State Fire Marshals is fighting to ban their U.S. presence. Since the European Union is moving to prohibit the lighters, some fear the U.S. will be overloaded with the menacing creations. At the forefront, California, Arkansas and Washington already have local ordinances to keep the pesky flamers off the shelves. Even the Lighter Association, a national trade group, now supports laws to ban the lighters.
Opposing parties (i.e. distributors of the product) make a legitimate point that many dangerous household items (knives for example) can make their way into baby's hands and that it's up to the parents to watch their children. Though it is debatable when the dangerous item looks like a cuddly teddy bear.
John Gibson, a novelty lighter distributor, claims his lighters are all tested for child safety, and in many cases are safer than regular lighters. Gibson chalked up complaints about novelty lighters to "overzealous fire marshals around the country.
What do you think about a lighter ban?