According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) website, 17 states now have laws that ban the sale and/or distribution of novelty and toylike lighters. Novelty lighters can be appealing to a child because they resemble a cartoon character, toy or gun, or produce flashing lights or sounds.
Kathi Osmonson has been helping educate young children about fire safety and prevention since 1998. She is certified by the National Fire Academy as a Juvenile Fire-Setter Intervention Specialist and established Youth Firesetting Intervention Teams (YFIT) in 10 regions across the state.
The Fire Marshall Challenge game was developed by the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office and is based on the game show Jeopardy. It can be used in the classroom via smartboard, with one student designated to get input from classmates and select the correct multiple-choice answer each round before the timer runs out. Players can choose from a number of existing characters, or create and customize their own character, including profession, gender, clothes, headgear and much more.