All children have a natural fascination of fire. Fire is colorful, unpredictable and forbidden. Each year wildlands and canyons burn; these are areas where children play unsupervised. Many fires are also started in the home.
CAL FIRE advises that children should be taught a healthy respect for flame and fire. Millions of dollars in property is lost every year due to these fires, and many children and adults are needlessly injured or killed.
Adults must educate all children in fire-safe behavior. Matches and lighters are tools, not toys.