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Juvenile Firesetter Program

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Juvenile firesetting has been identified as the fastest growing fire threat in the United States. Annual statistics show that more than 300 people are killed and nearly one-billion dollars in property is destroyed by fires set by children. Over 3-percent of the victims are the children themselves.



  • Nearly 85-percent of the victims of child-set fires are the children themselves.
  • Nationally, playing with fire is the leading cause of death in residential fires for young children.
  • At home, children often play with fire in the bedroom – where lots of things catch on fire easily.
  • Older children frequently play with fire outside the home, at the bus stop, or in vacant lots.
  • Children are under the false impression that they can control the fires they set.
  • Many children who set fires lack both parental supervision and fire safety education.
  • Juveniles account for more than 50-percent of all arson arrests in the United States.
  • Nationally, children who play with fire cause nearly 80,000 structure fires per year which result in approximately 760 deaths and more than 3,500 injuries.
  • Juvenile firesetting does an estimated 1.2 billion dollars in damage annually.
  • It only takes about two-minutes for the flame from a single match to set an entire room on fire, and less than five minutes for that fire to overtake an entire house.

The Salt River Fire Department provides Juvenile Firesetting for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community.

For more information please: Click here or call the Salt River Fire Administration at (480) 362-7290.