She said counselors often deal with fire-setting behaviors and any program designed to address the issue before a tragedy happens is worth supporting.
Youth fire misuse
Any behavior involving the improper or unapproved use of fire, including experimentation with matches and lighters, fire lighting, arson, false alarms and a fascination with fire works is considered youth fire misuse. Children under 18 account for 50 percent of U.S. arsons and 40 percent of fires that kill children under five were set by juveniles. Youth fire misuse resulted in 56,300 fires, 110 deaths and 880 civilian injuries.
A child may be misusing fire if these are found:
- Lighters, matches or fireworks in a child’s room, pockets or belongings.
- Lighters, matches, aerosol sprays, fireworks or flammable liquids go missing.
- Discarded lighters or matches in the garbage or yard.
- Smell of smoke or sometihng burning without a known source.