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Each year in the United States, children and youth that play with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2006 an estimated 14,500 structure fires involving “fire-play” were reported to U.S. municipal fire departments. These fires resulted in 130 civilian deaths, 810 civilian injuries, and $328 million dollars in direct property damage.
Preschoolers and kindergartners are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters. Almost half of child-playing home structure fires begin in the bedroom. Items ignited by home fire-play are most often mattresses, bedding, or clothing.
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) provides you the below safety tips that can help keep children and youth away from fire:
PF&R’s Juvenile Fire Setters Program
If you suspect your child is intentionally setting fires or maybe unduly fascinated with fire, please contact the Juvenile Fire Setting Intervention Manager in Portland Fire & Rescue’s Public Education Office at (503) 823-3806 or PF&R’s Main Office at (503) 823-3700 to set up an appointment for evaluation and education.
Click here to learn more about preventing firesetting behavior, what is firesetting, firesetting myths, firesetting differences, and how PF&R can help to provide fire safety education for your family.
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April 13, 2011