Jonesboro's Public Safety Council Committee met Tuesday evening to discuss banning the sale of novelty lighters within city limits. It's something Jonesboro's Deputy Fire Marshal believes could save lives.
"We've had people that have been killed and hurt by playing with these types of lighters so we don't want that to happen in our city," said Eric Simmons. "So that's why we're trying to prevent the fires because it's a lot easier to prevent a fire then try to put one out."
The call for a ban on the sale of novelty lighters comes in response to the deaths of two North Little Rock children, who died in a house fire in September. That fire was sparked by a lighter modeled in the shape of a motorcycle.
"We're sending them a mixed signal when we have lighters that look like toys," said Simmons. "They think they're playing with toys and the next thing they know they're catching fire."
The ordinance will be taken up at the next council meeting set for February 5th.
Also taken up at Tuesday's City Council meeting was the construction of new detention ponds to ease the city's flooding issues.
Properties at South Floyd Street and Candlewood are both being considered as permanent drainage easements and detention pond locations.