According to a 2014 NFPA report, each year, youth firesetting accounts for an average of 80 deaths, 860 civilian injuries, and $235 million in property damage.
Education is Key
Children and fire can be a deadly combination. If your child has misused fire or shown an unusual interest in fire, it is important they receive education about fire safety. Bothell Fire Department’s free and confidential, Youth Firesetter Program, is designed to teach youth about the dangers of fire misuse, and the importance of being safe around fire.
The program involves an initial family assessment to determine the "why" behind the fire misuse, and then a follow up meeting to either educate or discuss next steps/recommendations that will best address the behavior.