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Prevent Youth Firesetting

May 6-12 is Arson Awareness Week. This year’s theme is Prevent Youth Firesetting.

During the month of May, USFA will focus public attention on the importance of a collaborative effortwith fire and emergency service departments, law enforcement, mental health, social services, schools, and juvenile justice to help reduce the occurrence of juveniles engaged with fire.

Did You Know?

  • Fires started by children playing accounted for an average of 56,300 fires with associated losses of 110 civilian deaths, 880 civilian injuries, and $286 million in direct property damage per year between 2005 and 2009.
  • Younger children are more likely to set fires in homes, while older children and teenagers are more likely to set fires outside.
  • Lighters were the heat source in half (50 percent) of child-playing fires in homes.

Prevention Tips

  • Never leave matches or lighters within reach of children. Keep matches and lighters out of reach in high, locked cabinets.
  • Praise your child for practicing responsible behavior and showing respect for fire.
  • Set a good example; use matches, lighters, and fire carefully, as children will imitate positive behavior.

For More Information

For information on Arson Awareness Week and youth firesetter prevention, visit the USFA website atwww.usfa.fema.gov/aaw/

 

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