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The sale of lighters that can be lit by children under 4 years and 3 months is forbidden

The sale of lighters that can be lit by children under 4 years and 3 months is forbidden



According to the Ordinance 55/16 January 2007, after March 11, it is forbidden to sell lighters that can be easily used by children up to four years and three months and lighters that look attractive to little ones. The decision also applies to Romania after being imposed in the European Union. How did you reach this limit? After long-term studies.

The Ordinance also provides that the economic agents must keep and provide, upon request, to the competent authorities, the documentation necessary to identify any persons who have supplied briquettes on the market. In addition, the companies involved in the sale of briquettes must provide data on general product safety, a report that also includes the results of a special test that attests the resistance to driving the lighter by children, for each lighter model.

This report must certify that, after the test, the respective lighters do not allow to be operated by children.

The law also explains which briquettes are safe on the market: briquettes that are not allowed to be operated by children. This "means the lighter designed and manufactured in such a way that it cannot be operated by children younger than 51 months under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use due, for example, to the force required to operate the lighter, design, protection system the mechanism of its ignition or the complexity of the operating phases required to light the lighter. It is considered that it cannot be operated by children ". Thus, the lighters have to pass a "systematic test of resistance to children's action of a model given by the lighters, on a sample of the lighters analyzed, in particular tests performed in accordance with national standards that transpose the European standard", the order shows.

Such measures to ban "unsafe" lighters have also been introduced in countries such as the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. And according to statistics made available by the US, the number of fires accidentally produced and, implicitly, the victims of such fires has dropped considerably. In the US, 48% of fires are caused by children under the age of five. Studies have shown a great influence on how dangerous the lighters can be. Research by an American independent commission shows that nearly half of the fires that started from a lighter fire are caused by children under the age of five.

Read the whole article in: Hotnews
14 February