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Firesetting by children is a growing problem in our communities. This site has been designed to assist parents, teachers, counselors, police and fire personnel, and community leaders in dealing with this situation. It is hoped that our organization can help prevent youth fires through early intervention, education, and with mental health support.
Experimentation with fire among children and teens is a major problem nationally. National Safe Kids notes that over one-third of children ages 6 to 14 report playing with fire at least once. This is an extremely dangerous behavior that frequently leads to tragedy. According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), 58% of all reported child fire injuries and 62% of child fire deaths are attributed to children playing with fire. The US Fire Administration reports that half of all arson arrests are juveniles. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a Web page devoted to national statistics and facts about juvenile firesetting. Visit this excellent resource …
Many children who set a fire are acting on curiosity about fire. These tips will help children and families stay safe.
If a child you know has started a fire or played with fire, contact your local fire department.