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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 and ask about Y-FIRES.

Children referred to Y-FIRES attend a single meeting which includes:

  • An interview with both the parent/caregiver and the child/youth
  • An incident overview
  • An educational discussion
  • A video discussion
  • 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.

For Parents

What You Can Do
  • Locate matches and lighters in your home and dispose of them or place them in a secure area
  • If you smoke, keep the lighter with you at all times and dispose of other lighters
  • Teach your children to tell an adult when they find matches or lighters
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly as a family to ensure they are working
  • Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it as a family
  • Perform your own home fire inspection to ensure your home is fire safe
Signs Your Child May Be "Playing With" or Misusing Fire
  • Your child smells of smoke

  • Your child has burned or singed clothing such as pant or coat cuffs

  • Your child has singed hair, eyebrows or eyelashes

  • You find used matches in the wastebasket or toilet

  • You find burned or melted items such as toys, paper or plastic in garbage cans or under furniture

  • Your child has burned fingers or conceals his/her fingers to hide burned areas

For More Information

Telephone 780-496-3628

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