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