Youth Firesetter Intervention Program

Children and Fire:- Identifying and correcting firesetting behavior

Is Child fireplay a problem?
The National Fire Protection Agency reports that fires set by young children in the United States annually result in:

  • 95,000 fires
  • Over 300 deaths
  • 3,000 injuries
  • $300 million in property damage
Is juvenile arson a problem?
The FBI Crime Index reports that juvenile and adult arson cause an annual average of 560,000 fires, 750 deaths, 3,700 injuries, and $1.5 billion in property loss.
  • 55% of all arson arrests in the United States are children under 18
  • Nearly half of these are age 15 and under
  • 6.8% are under age 10
  • The crime of arson has the highest rate of juvenile involvement

For more information about Juvenile Firesetting, Click Here to download the FEMA/US Fire Administration's Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Handbook.

What can parents do?
  • Teach young children that fire and fire tools are for grown-ups to use
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach in high, ideally locked, cabinets
  • Ask young children to tell you when they find matches and lighters, and then make sure you put them away
  • Teach older children proper techniques for using fire and fire tools - how to safely strike a match or light a candle with supervision
  • Praise your child for practicing responsible behavior and showing respect for fire
  • Set a good example - use matches, lighters, and fire carefully ... Keep your home safe from fire
About fire and fire safety
  • Fire is dangerous and can be deadly
  • Even small fires spread quickly
  • Never leave stove or candle fires unattended
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms for early warning
  • Plan and practice a home fire escape drill
  • Inspect your home often for fire hazards

If you know of a child firesetter in need of assistance
If you want more information about child firesetting and juvenile arson,

Contact Fire District 6
Public Education Coordinator
8800 NE Hazel Dell Ave
Vancouver, WA 98665
(360) 576-1195

Fire District 6 offers a juvenile firesetter intervention program to children. Trained personnel offer a juvenile firesetter intervention program that includes an interview, education and follow-up with the child to help stop firesetting behavior. For further information, please email the Public Education Coordinator or call us at (360) 576-1195

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