Matches and Lighters are for Grown ups

Learn Not to Burn, Kindergarten Program, Lesson 5Young children should be taught about the risks of touching hot items. Things that get hot can cause serious burns. Burn injuries hurt and take a long time to heal. Students should be able to identify items that are hot and sometimes hot. Children should learn to stay away from anything that can get hot.

Matches and lighters can get hot. Teach children safe actions if they find these items: Tell a grownup and never touch. Young children playing with matches and lighters cause many fires, deaths, and injuries each year. Matches and lighters should be locked in a cabinet, out of the reach of children.

In this lesson, children will learn to:

  • state what to do if they find matches or lighters.

Download the lesson. (PDF, 11 MB)


Bonus video with Sparky the Fire Dog

This interactive 2 ½-minute video helps children identify appropriate behaviors around hot items. Play a game with Sparky and determine when it is safe to play, when to stay away from a hot object, and when to inform a grown up. This video supports the wrap-up activity described in the lesson plan.