I am again asking for your assistance with the issue of Novelty or toy-like lighters. We hope to have legislation reintroduced at the upcoming General Assembly and we are in need of stats and/or stories that you may have concerning these lighters.
One of the major concerns is that we do not have good records to prove that the lighters are causing an issue.
When filling out VFIRS, firefighters must be made aware that there is an area to designate on the form that a novelty lighter was used. It is deep in the report and not easy to locate but it is there. Please pass this along to your departments in case you do have an incident involving a novelty lighter.
Again, if you have had any fires involving novelty lighters, or know of any problems involving these lighters, please send me an email as soon as possible.
Lt. Wanda Willis
Harrisonburg Fire Department
101 N. Main St., Third Floor
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
For more information: http://www.theideabank.com/psa/NoveltyLighters.html