fires started by children are deliberate acts designed to cause
harm, many others are not. Those that are not, have much in common
with other causes of unintentional injury. The children & fire
resources we have listed here deal with both types of problems and
have been divided into the five categories listed at the top of
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions About Children and Fire
Why Are Children Fascinated With Fire?
It's the question we hear most often when parents, teachers and caregivers want to understand children's fireplay: Why are children so fascinated with fire? Find out in this article from Prevention 1st Foundation.
Counseling Children Who Play With Fire
Whether they happen in school or at home, intentionally or unintentionally, fires set by children are always cause for concern. Most school counselors will, at some point in their careers, be called on to work with a child who has started a fire or played with fire. Read more.
Juvenile Firesetting: A Community Guide to Prevention and Intervention
Fireproof Children shares more than 25 years of research and hands-on experience by fire investigators and child development experts.
Recommended Children's Books on Fire and Fire Safety
The non-profit injury prevention organization Prevention 1st compiled this list of recommended books for their program After the Fire: The Teachable Moment.
for Disease Control and Prevention – National Center for Injury
Prevention and Control www.cdc.gov/ncipc/WISQARS
CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
works to reduce morbidity, disability, mortality, and costs associated
(Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is the
Injury Center's interactive, online database that provides customized
injury-related mortality data and nonfatal injury data useful for
research and for making informed public health decisions. WISQARS
can provide customized reports based on user specified age groups
and geographicl information.
Uniform Crime Reports http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm
is the only crime tracked by the FBI for which more juveniles are
arrested than adults. Access the FBI’s Crime in the United
States online, published annually with data about the volume and
rate of criminal offenses at the state and national level.
Children Playing with Fire
(2010), National Fire Protection Association http://www.nfpa.org/
report presents the overall size of the problem and
trends relating to children's fireplay including data representing
the deaths, injuries and property damage resulting from child started
fires. A 6-page executive summary is available free to anyone from NFPA Research & Reports. NFPA members can get the full report for free. Note: An additional report, Analysis Issues Associated With Children Playing With Fire (2009), identifies some of the issues associated with the terminology and methdology used in describing and reporting children playing with fire.
Characteristics of Home Fire Victims (2010), National Fire Protection Association
report by Jennifer Flynn examines civilian casualties in homes for patterns
by age, sex, race ethnicity and region of victim, relative to various circumstances surrounding
the casualty, such as the cause of fire. Special attention is given
to trends involving high-risk age groups, including preschool children.
The 94-page report is availabe from NFPA Research & Reports.
Intentional Fires (2009), National Fire Protection Association http://www.nfpa.org
According to FBI statistics, 47 percent of arson arrestees were under the age of 18. A 6-page summary is available for free from NFPA Research & Reports. NFPA members can get the full report for free.
on Firesetting in Children and Youth, David Kolko
multidisciplinary handbook is a comprehensive source of information
on all topics relating to children who set fires. For more information
about David Kolko’s research and to order this book visit
Safety Council Injury Facts®, 2008 Edition. Itasca,
Facts® is the National Safety Council’s annual statistical
report on unintentional injuries, their characteristics and related
costs. Visit the National Safety Council’s website for information
about how to order this and other NSC books, manuals and reports
and to access many resources offered free of charge.
SOS Fires Youth firesetting Intervention Resource Site
Research available at this site includes Family Interview Studies, Juvenile Firesetting Research Project. and a Youth Firesetting 4-Year Study.
Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal. http://www.sfm.state.or.us/
Makes available several fire incident reports for Oregon, including Juveniles With Fire Reports.
of the Issue • Community
Educational Programs & Materials
Assessment Tools • Interventions