Disposable cigarette lighters

Disposable cigarette lighters, including novelty lighters and cheap refillable lighters, are designed to produce a flame that sets cigarettes or other combustible materials alight.

About disposable cigarette lighters

Disposable cigarette lighters, including novelty lighters and cheap refillable lighters, are designed to produce a flame that sets cigarettes or other combustible materials alight.

Risks and injuries

Faulty disposable cigarette lighters can cause burns or serious injuries if they:

  • leak
  • spit and splutter
  • produce an unsafe flame
  • produce an unsafe flame height
  • have sharp edges
  • spontaneously ignite
  • spontaneously explode.

Children can suffer serious burns from disposable lighters that do not meet the mandatory safety standard. Make sure you buy lighters with the necessary child-resistant features.

Buying tips

  • Make sure the lighter has a device that stops small children from accidently operating the lighter, such as a button that must be activated before it can work, a release catch that enables the spark wheel to be used, or a metal guard that must be pressed firmly in order to rotate the spark wheel.
  • Lighters must be permanently marked with the name of the manufacturer or distributor and the warning, 'Keep away from children' or 'Keep out of reach of children'.

Safe use

  • Keep lighters out of children's reach.