Youth firesetting is an ongoing problem throughout the United States and around the world. Fire misuse behaviors in children may be attributed to curiosity or experimentation. Children observe adults using matches/lighters but may not be taught about important fire safety practices. They may also observe unsafe uses of fire in media, videos, and gaming. The fire misuse may be motivated by other things in a child’s life, such as underlying struggles with impulse control, emotional regulation, social/interpersonal skills, childhood trauma, or other behavioral/mental health conditions. It is the intention of this presentation to share current best practices and tips to prevent and mitigate firesetting youth in communities across the country.
May 8, 2023, at 2:00 PM