Children and fire can be a fatal combination. If your child is misusing fire, call TVF&R's Youth Fire Intervention Program at 503-259-1408.
TVF&R battled a three-alarm fire at the Oakwood Park Apartments in 1996 that was started by a child. The fire killed 8 (3 adults, 5 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. Explain to children that gas is only used to start engines.
Supervise your children when they're around candles, campfires, fireplace fires, barbecues, stoves, etc.
Take fire experimentation and firesetting seriously. If you do nothing, there is a good chance the behavior will continue and escalate. Property damage, injury, or loss of life could be a result.