Arson Awareness

What is Arson?

Arson is the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property. The reasons for setting the fires vary.

The Facts

According to the U.S Fire Administration, 4.2 % of fires throughout the country were started intentionally in 2014.

In Maryland, eleven people died in eight fires that were intentionally set in 2013. 

Youth Firesetting 

  • Curiosity is normal. Educate children about the danger of fires.

  • Fire-starting occurs when children begin to experiment with fire using matches or lighters.

  • Parents must have clear rules and consequences about fire misuse.

  • Keep matches and lighters out of children’s sight.

  • Never leave matches or lighters in bedroom or any place where children may go without supervision.

  • Teach children to tell an adult if they see matches or a lighter and to not touch them.

  • Children with an interest in fire can lead to fire starting and repeated behavior.

  • Never allow a child to use a match or lighter, nor ask them to complete a task using one.

  • If a child shows interest in fire, explain that fire, matches, and lighters are tools for adults.

Want to find out more about Arson Awareness? Check out these links below!

Intentionally Set Fire Statistics- USFA

National Arson Awareness Week- USFA Resources

USFA 2014 Statistics

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