Why You Shouldn't Play with Fire

“Playing with fire” has become a cliché in our society, but the fact is that literally playing with fire is very dangerous. The flames can cause serious burns, especially when toyed with while using a flammable liquid like gasoline. In Boulder, Colorado, a 14-year-old teen sustained burns to his face in April when he was experimenting with fire under the freeway. The boy tossed some rubbing alcohol into the flames to watch the blaze ignite, but the chemicals caused a flare that singed his face and neck. The boy bought the rubbing alcohol at Target for the express purpose of pouring it on his fire.

Often kids are curious about what makes fire and how it reacts to other chemicals, but you should always caution your children to avoid tampering with the hot substance. The flames can cause serious burns that might even result in death or disfigurement. Sometimes children may want to build a “volcano” of sand and light it on fire to see an “eruption,” but this too can be dangerous. Sometimes playing with fire can even create a flame that will engulf a house, field, or forest. A lot of times, when a child plays with fire that young one is the only perosn to blame.

However, there are times when a child may play with fire because of a lack of supervision, and in this case the guardian, parent, babysitter, teacher, or other supervisor of the child at present might be at fault. If an adult who is supposed to be watching a child allows that young one to play with matches, lighters, or other fire starters, than that person can be blamed when an accident occurs. If your child was burned by fire from a situation like this, then contact a personal injury attorney to get more information about how to press charges.