Children are naturally curious about fire. In fact, children and adults alike find fire fascinating. Fire is part of American culture, from the baby's birthday candle and the holiday table to the 4th of July fireworks, the cozy fireplace, and the recreational campfire.
Curiosity in children is normal; starting fires is not - nor is it a phase. In fact, fire is potentially deadly, and it moves fast. Young children just don't understand that, and older children overestimate their ability to control a fire. Research shows that without intervention, youthful fire setting behavior tends to continue. Children who repeatedly start fires need help.
Help Is Available
South King Fire and Rescue is prepared to assist parents and caregivers in making an assessment of the youth fire setting behavior and addressing it with education and intervention. Make sure you have working smoke alarms and keep all matches or lighters out of reach. If you have any questions or would like to know more about this program please email or call 253-946-7347.