But in James's case, some of the hand sanitizer splashed on his shirt so the flames quickly spread when he set fire to his hands.
His mother Tashia thought James and his older brother were in bed sleeping and was first alerted to the stunt when she heard his 'blood curdling' screams.
He organized a team of friends to try out his idea and it exploded.
They were a hit at their first convention, having to turn away nearly 1,000 people that weekend.
And Merrimack Assistant Fire Chief Brian Borneman said the youngster was luckily his burns weren't worse after he watched a collection of the dangerous You Tube clips.
APeter Abrahamson Peter Abrahamson is a builder of animatronic puppets and robots.
She told WCVB: 'Kids don't get to see the after effects of what may happen if it should go wrong, and now my son is an example of what can and will go wrong.'They said if my son was on fire for more than another minute, he would've been dead.'It would've smothered his lungs, and he wouldn't have made it.'Doctors are optimistic about James's recovery and his family hope he can return home to New Hampshire soon.
In 2014, following her separation from Charles Trippy, Speed began to post more regularly and consistently to her own channel, which now focuses on some segments as well as video blogging and lifestyle videos. Trippy proposed to Speed nine months later in Spain.
On November 20, 2011, the couple was married, the entirety of which was filmed and edited into a 34-minute movie that was posted onto the CTFx C channel.
In each session, 30 guys and 30 girls get a whirlwind chance to make connections, and some are even lucky enough to find a "Perfect Match".
With Ryan's secret speed dating formula, let the dating begin! Turns out one of his first success stories was his own!
Speed first joined You Tube in 2005, although she did not become a prominent You Tuber until years later.