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It’s ok to play with fire!

play with fire

Apparently kids are doing this….seriously, they just pour rubbing alcohol on their bodies and then light themselves on fire. How do they not know that fire burns?! Rubbing alcohol will not protect your body from burns, in fact, it makes the flames more potent, hence the fire warning on the labels. In case you are wondering, fire is hot. It is something we teach our littlest of children “Be careful of the stove, it is hot and can burn you if you get too close.” The top of the stove is pretty much, if not exactly, like the fire from a lighter. Who would have thought?!

You can play with fire safely, but it takes more than 3 seconds of thinking before putting it into action. If you want you light yourself on fire, you will need a fire suit, some protective gel, a way to safely put out the fire before the gel burns off and plenty of people around to help in case something goes wrong. Without these very important things, and quite a bit of planning, do NOT light yourself on fire!


When we went to the Life Rocks Unschooling Conference, there were plenty of experienced Fire Poi twirlers around to instruct, inspect, and care for the poi. We had ways of putting out the fires should something go wrong, and nobody used the fire poi without first using LED Light Poi to learn how to twirl without danger.

Below, you will see my oldest daughter, twirling fire. Notice all the people in the background, watching carefully. She was tied for the youngest fire poi twirler at the conference, another boy her age also played with fire.

My oldest son also wanted to twirl fire, but decided to play around with more tricks than he should have and he singed his hair. Had there been a bigger mess up, there was plenty of people around to put out a fire.

So yes, you CAN play with fire, but please, do it safely! Put some thought into it, have safety plans, have emergency plans and for goodness sake, do NOT pour rubbing alcohol on your body before you do it!!!

Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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