Youth fire setting
Fire setting is an extremely dangerous and often overlooked behavior. Although curiosity is a normal part of children's growth and development, parents who discover that a child is playing with fire should take it very seriously.
What parents can do
- Install and maintain smoke alarms.
- Plan and practice home fire escape drills.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children; lock them up if necessary.
- Report all fires regardless of size to the fire department.
- Spend time with your children. Talk with them and listen to them. Set a good example. How you live your life impacts greatly on how your children live their lives. Talk to your children about the realities of the law. A fire that is set can lead to a felony charge of arson. This is a serious crime.
- Fire can destroy property, injure others, or take lives. You are responsible for damage caused by your child.
- Seek assistance if your child has started a fire or is playing with ignition sources.
If your child has been using fire, help is available! Clark County provides no-cost fire setting intervention services for local families.
For more information, contact:
Susan Anderson, Senior Deputy Fire Marshal
(360) 397-2186 ext. 3321