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Juvenile Firesetters, What You Can Do. National Arson Prevention Initiative. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Abstract: This pamphlet addresses the growing problem of fires set by children. 85% of the victims of juvenile fires are the children who set the fires. In one year, fires set by juveniles kill approximately 300 people. Of those victims, 85% are the children who set the fires.

Experts divide juvenile firesetters into two groups - curiosity firesetters and problem firesetters. Curiosity firesetters are interested in fire and want to learn what it is and how it burns. Problem firesetters set fires to release built-up emotional or mental energy. Problem firesetters also show signs of extreme mood swings, cruelty to animals, and poor relationships with other children.

This pamphlet provides tips for parents to prevent their children from becoming juvenile firesetters. Parents should teach their children about fire and the safety rules for handling fire. A child's access to fire should be limited. Parents should also set a good example and show their children the safety rules that parents follow.

For more information contact:
National Arson Prevention Clearinghouse
1-888-603-3100

 
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