A crucial community resource, PFA's Youth Firesetter Prevention and Intervention program, is designed to assess risky behavior in adolescents who show an unhealthy curiosity about fire. This free program is conducted in a welcoming, one-on-one session between the child and one of our JFS experts.
Where and why does firesetting happen?
- Younger children typically set fires in their home, often hiding in their bedroom – a location with numerous flammable materials.
- Older children often play with fire outside of the home.
- Most children who set fires lack fire safety education but, more importantly, appropriate parental supervision.
- Children mistakenly believe they can control the fires they set.
- Once a fire is set, it only takes about 2 minutes for the flame from a single match to set an entire room on fire, and less than 5 minutes for that fire to overtake an entire house.
The program is conducted on a referral basis. To refer a child, please fill out the form below, and we will get in contact with you.