For Teachers and Educators
Teachers and educators play a crucial role in teaching children of all ages about the dangers of fire. Early intervention is critical for kids who start fires.
Statistics show that once a child completes a youth firesetting prevention and intervention program, 98 percent do not repeat the dangerous, life-threatening behavior.
Please take the time to visit the many valuable resources available to you on the subject of youth firesetting and fire safety.
How Schools and Teachers Can Help
Brochure for schools
Any student who brings to school ignition devices, such as matches, lighters or fuel such as gasoline needs help. This brochure outlines resources available and what you should do if a student needs help.
This firesetting intervention toolkit is made available from the Michigan Trauma Burn Center.
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
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In many states this is a mandatory take home-assignment because there are pre-tests and post-tests involved.
When the family completes the five 20-minute videos and passes the final test there is a certificate they can bring to you for credit.
This video will help your students understand the true nature of fire and why it's so dangerous – it may even save their life. Most people don’t know that fire isn't like they've seen it in movies or on television.
Fire Smart Kids
Go through these frequently asked questions
from Fire Smart Kids if you are worried about a student's behavior.
are available from SOS Fires -- a non-profit organization which
develops and supports a wide range of intervention, communication, and
training for service providers of fire involved youth -- about youth-set
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
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.