If a toy looks like a frog, but shoots flames from its eyes, its probably not the kind of thing you want to give to children.
But apparently that hasn’t stopped people here in Canberra from selling them at service stations, dollar shops, and everywhere nonsensically dangerous crap from China is sold.
So today, the Office for Regulatory Services have announced that our Attorney General has placed an interim order banning from sale any novelty lighters which are attractive to children under five years of age.
This is just the local implementation of the December 09 ACCC interim order declaring them ‘unsafe goods’ which came with hefty penalties for their supply or sale.
Victoria was the first state in Australia to ban them, back in September 2009, closing a loophole in the law which allowed toylike lighters to require no child-restraint features, so long as they sold for more than $5.
Before anyone gets too excited that its only taken us four months to catch up with things in Victoria, this puts us only four years behind Europe in recognising that toys which produce naked flames are not suitable for children.