2012 Focus is Preventing Youth Firesetting
Information obtained from USFA regarding their 2012 Campaign.
During the month of May, USFA will focus public attention on the importance of a collaborative effort with 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.
- 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 at www.usfa.fema.gov/aaw/