Alberta fire statistics show that about 20% of child fire victims died in fires they started themselves. Matches and lighters were used in 70% of the destructive fires started by children.
If your child has misused fire, deliberately started a fire or if you are concerned about your child’s interest in fire - please call Edmonton Fire Rescue Services’ Fire Prevention Office. Y-FIRES is a one time meeting which includes a parent interview, child interview, incident overview, educational discussion, video discussion and referral to professional help when necessary.
Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialists can help youth understand that ‘playing with’ or misusing fire is very dangerous. Deliberate firesetting is a serious matter. Youth who have deliberately started a fire may be indirectly indicating additional, underlying problems. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services can assist with a referral to outside agencies for further assessment when needed.