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Youth Fire Intervention
Don't Let Kids Misuse Fire
Children and fire can be a fatal combination. TVF&R experienced that firsthand when firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at the Oakwood Park Apartments in 1996. The fire killed eight (three adults, five children), injured 14, and displaced 57 tenants. To help safeguard your family, TVF&R provides free services to families affected by a child misusing fire, including: screening, educational interventions, and referrals for additional assistance. In 2012, TVF&R saw close to 100 kids.

What to Do if your Child is Misusing Fire
  • Explain the dangers of fire to your child. Remind them that fire is a tool for adults.
  • Model fire safe behaviors.
  • Keep matches, lighters, gasoline and other accelerants locked up to limit access. Explain to children that gasoline is only used to start vehicle engines.
  • Supervise your children when they are around candles, campfires, fireplace fires, barbecues, stoves, etc.
  • Keep lighter fluid, gasoline, white gas, and propane locked up out of the reach of children.
  • Take fire experimentation and firesetting seriously. If you do nothing, there is a good chance that the behavior will continue and escalate. Property damage, injury, or loss of life could be a result.

If your child is misusing fire, call TVF&R's Youth Fire Intervention Program at (503) 259-1408

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