Manufacturers ready child-proof lighters

July 31, 1992|By Orlando Sentinel

Each year children start more than 28,000 residential fires, and more than 300 people -- most of them children -- die in those fires. It's a staggering statistic and one reason lighter manufacturers are trying to come up with child-proof lighters.

Jockeying to get into drugstores and supermarkets first are the Bic Lighter with Child Guard and Cricket Electronic. Cricket's lighter will sell for about $1, while Bic's new lighter will debut at about $1.15 or $1.20.

Both manufacturers stress that no lighter should be left within the reach of a child.

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