Prevention · Novelty/Toy Like Lighters
NOTE: Law Effective July 26, 2009
Overview of Novelty/Toy Like Lighter Law
This regulation prohibits manufacturing, selling, offering for sale and distribution, or importing Novelty/Toy like lighters for purpose of sale or distribution in Washington State. It also prohibits possession of Novelty/Toy like lighters in inventory for purposes of sale or distribution.
Prohibiting the sale of these devices will protect children from a dangerous instrument that encourages curiosity and invites unintentional misuse. Novelty/Toy like lighters place children and their families at risk for burn injuries, death and property loss.
Brief Description of Novelty/Toy Like Lighters
Many Novelty/Toy like lighters look like animals, miniature cars, musical instruments, game pieces and other objects that attract children. Other novelty lighters are look-alike miniatures of adult tools or instruments. For example: cell phones, hammers, paintbrushes, and felt-tip markers. These novelty lighters are dangerous in the hands of children unable to tell the difference between a toy and a Novelty/Toy like lighter.
Novelty Lighter Gallery (1.7 mb)
A Novelty/Toy like lighter is a lighter that is designed to look or resemble an object other than a lighter, and may also have audio visual effects; the designs and effects make the lighter appealing or attractive to children.
The following tips will aid in identifying Novelty/Toy like lighters:
A Novelty/Toy like lighter IS NOT a disposable lighter that is printed or decorated with logos, decals, artwork, or heat shrinkable sleeves.
The prohibition and ban on Novelty/Toy like lighters is enforced by local fire and law enforcement agencies.
If you are aware of violators of this law, please contact your local fire department to report the violation.
Penalties and Fines
Wholesale dealer: A written warning for the first violation and $500 for each subsequent violation.
Retail dealer: A written warning for the first violation and $250 for each subsequent violation.
The authority having jurisdiction may bring an action seeking:
The sale and distribution of novelty lighters is prohibited.
This prohibition DOES NOT apply to novelty lighters in interstate commerce that are not intended for distribution within Washington State.
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