Shelton-headquartered BIC has published its first Lighter Safety Report, which highlights a lack of consumer education regarding safety features on imported lighters.
In a survey of more than 2,000 adults commissioned by BIC and conducted by The Harris Poll, 77% of respondents said they were unaware that all safety standards, aside from requiring a child-resistant feature, are voluntary for lighters sold in the U.S., while 81% of respondents admitted they did not that most pocket lighters in the U.S. are not tested extensively for safety.
Among the parents polled for the report, 68% said their children have been taught about fire safety, but only 48% said their child has been taught about pocket lighter safety and 59% admitted they did not teach their children to avoid touching a lighter if they find one.
“The BIC Lighter Safety Report is intended to educate consumers on the potential dangers of low-quality lighters and ensure they are taking the necessary steps to protect themselves and their families when purchasing, using and storing lighters,” said Mary Fox, general manager of BIC North America. “BIC is committed to manufacturing and delivering the safest and highest quality products alongside educating the communities it proudly serves.”