Some companies sell novelty lighters that can look like toys to kids. Keep them far away from where kids play. Better yet, don’t buy them at all.
Store It Safely:
- Collect all matches and lighters and put them in one secure place.
- Choose a storage space high enough to be out of the reach of children, such as an upper cabinet.
- Locking them away is the safest measure, but it may not be practical for most families.
- Work hard to develop the habit of always putting matches and lighters back in their proper storage place after each use. A great way to do this is to enlist your children’s help by teaching them to “tell a grown-up” if they find lighters or matches lying around, in addition to being taught “not to touch.” Praise children when they follow these rules and remind you to put matches and lighters away! Learn more about Children & Fire here.
- If family or friends bring lighters or matches into your home, even if they are stored in their pockets or purses, make sure to remind them to keep the tools out of sight and out of reach of the young children in your home.
For maximum safety, use only lighters with a child-resistant mechanism. Look for BIC® Lighters as a brand you can trust. Every BIC® Lighter sold in the US and Canada has a child-resistant mechanism and has passed more than 50 individual quality and safety inspections, meeting or exceeding the lighter safety standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and other government agencies. While no lighter is child-proof, the child-resistant mechanism makes it much more difficult for children to light them and adds a critical margin of safety.
Learn more about BIC® Lighters here.