Juvenile Firesetter Intervention
Matches and Lighters are tools not toys
Have you ever found your child playing with matches or a lighter? Many children do. Most parents of those children say they have tried everything to make the child stop, but are unable.
Can't figure out what to do?
Ever think of what might happen?
For children, interest in fire is natural. Setting fires is not. It can be deadly. Recent statistics show out of every 100 people who die in child set fires, 85 are other children.
The North Charleston Fire Department's Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program is committed to preventing future fire setting behavior. The program counsels children and their families about fire safety with the goal of stopping firesetting behavior. It is based on the United States Fire Administration, NFA, Juvenile Firestter Intervention Specialist Program.
The program is a collaborative effort between fire investigators, fire suppression personnel, the fire prevention division, law enforcement and mental health professionals. The firesetter can be referred to the program from any of the above agencies. In addition, the school district or juvenile justice system may refer a student to the program. Parents can also volunteer to participate with their children.
A trained interviewer from the department will visit with you and your child to assess the fire setting behavior and any challenges the child faces. Once it is determined if the incidents was accidental, curiosity or the signs of a deeper issue recommendations are made. An intensive fire prevention educational program is designed around your child's age and fire event. Referrals may be made to other agencies to further assist your child and family.
For more information please contact the North Charleston Fire Department Fire Prevention Division at (843) 740-2647 or (843) 740-2646.
Age groups served by the program
- 3-years-old to 17-years-old
- Each family is interviewed about the fire setting incidents.
The program tailors the education process to each family, but all contain certain elements such family fire escape plan and practice.
- Fire Science ranging from "fire is hot" to the science of how and why fire moves the way it does
- Burns and Burn Prevention
- Fireworks Safety
- Matches and lighters are tools not toys