provides information and resources about youth firesetting. Information outlined includes:
- What to do with matches and lighters
- How to prevent your child from setting fires
- How to set a good example around fire
Parents are the most influential people in a child's life. Parents have the primary responsibility to serve as role models, to be a source of comfort and support, to nurture and to teach, as well as provide the necessities for their children. Here is some more information
about what parents can do to help.
Crisis contact information Does your child need immediate mental health resources? The Minnesota Department of Human Services has crisis contact information online.
Online Education and Information
The Regions Hospital Burn Center HEAT Team educates people of all ages on the dangers of fire, teaching them to take a personal responsibility for themselves, their families, their homes, and their surroundings. You can find safety tips, videos and other resources on the team's website.
Fire Smart Kids
Blog: Understanding your child better
In their blog
, Doctors David and Erin Walsh share parenting ideas that may help you understand your child better, and possible reasons why they do some of the things that they do.
YFIREs is the Youth Firesetting Information Repository and Evaluation System. It is a data collection and national repository project developed to create a centralized data collection tool to assist youth firesetting intervention services in a number of disciplines so there is a better national understanding of youth firesetting behavior.
Articles and Newsletters
Articles by Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division staff and other
experts as well as our Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention
newsletter are available here
Activities for kids and parents
Burn Institute's interactive website
The Burn Institute's Fire Safe Kid website is a fun, interactive place for kids to learn all about fire and burn prevention.
Keep away is a fun activity designed to reinforce the message that lighters and matches are tools only for grown-ups -- not toys -- and to help them develop visual memory skills.
Firetrap is a game designed to teach children to quickly get out of the house in case of a fire.
For more activities and ideas, go to our useful links page. You can find it in the gray box on the left side of this page.