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State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

For Parents

General InformationPhoto of poster for parents about matches and lighters.

If your child is interest in or experimenting with fire, we can help you find a local youth firesetting prevention and intervention program. Please fill out this form and email it to us we will have a YFPI coordinator contact you.

Does My Child Need Help? 

Tip sheet

This tip sheet outlines signs you should look for in your child to determine whether you should contact us. Early intervention is critical for kids who start fires. If you're worried, don't hesitate to contact us.

Brochure for parents

This brochure 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

Additional advice

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

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. 

Learn more on the YFIRES website​.  ​ 


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

'Aaron's Promise'

"Aaron's Promise" talks about what happened to a boy who played with a lighter. Parents can read this book to their children.

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.


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.

Contact Us

You can reach our YFPI coordinator, Kathi Osmonson, at kathi.osmonson@state.mn.us or 651-201-7220.



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