Arson Prevention Program for Children

Playing with fire and fire-setting are extremely dangerous behaviours that can result in substantial personal and economic loss to families and communities. 

Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year. Preschoolers and kindergartners are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters, and are most likely to die in them.

Children and fire are a deadly combination. Some children play with fire out of curiosity, not realizing its danger. Troubled children may set a fire as a way of acting out their anger, disappointment or frustration.

For more information, please visit the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website.If you suspect your child is intentionally setting fires or unusually fascinated with fire, get help. Your local fire department, school, or community counselling agency can put you in touch with trained experts who know how to teach children about fire in an appropriate way.

The Arson Prevention Program (TAPP-C) is a program that brings together fire service and counselling professionals to help educate families with children and teens who may show signs of future arson behaviour in Ontario. For more information, please visit the TAPP-C website.

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