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Youth Fire Setting Programs

Does your child, or a child you know, play with fire? Youth Fire Setting programs throughout California provide fire safety education and intervention to children with an interest in fire or explosives, and to those who have been involved in a firesetting incident. In situations where the behaviors or concerns appear to be more serious, YFS programs may offer referrals for a behavioral health evaluation with an experienced behavioral health professional.

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Children and the Fire Problem

From the San Francisco Fire Department:

  • 23 out of 100 people who die in fires in the U.S are children.
  • Child fire setting causes 284 deaths, 2800 injuries, and 280 million dollars in property loss nationwide each year.
  • FBI Crime Index shows that 50% of all arson arrests are youth 18 years old or younger.
  • More than half are under the age of 15 years old.
  • 7% are under the age of 10.