THE CHILD FIRESETTING AND JUVENILE ARSON INTERVENTION PROGRAM

This is an educational program designed to educate parents and children about fire safety and the consequences of fire. Each family will meet individually with a fire investigator trained in fire setting intervention techniques.  This class will cover fire safety topics, consequences of fire setting, and arson laws in Texas.  The fire investigator will discuss and help the family better understand how to deal with the problem. If a child is beyond what fire safety education can resolve, we can provide assistance by referring you to the most appropriate help for your needs. 

There is no cost for the individual sessions.

For more information or to request a session, please call our office at
( 972) 771-7774.

Parent's Guide (English) | Parent's Guide (Spanish)

FIRESETTING MYTHS

  Myth: It is normal for children to play with fire.
  Fact:  While curiosity about fire is common, use without a parent's approval or knowledge is dangerous.
 
  Myth: If you burn a child's hand, they will stop.
  Fact:  Burns only create fear and scars. The reason behind fire use must be discovered and addressed.
 
  Myth:  It is a phase the child will grow out of.
  Fact:   It is not a phase. It is a dangerous behavior. You cannot afford to wait for fire behavior to change.
 
  Myth:   Some children are obsessed with fire.
  Fact: In reality, very few children are obsessed or would be considered pyromaniacs.
 

REMEMBER: If you are uncomfortable with your ability to deal with your child's firesetting behavior, call the Rockwall Fire Marshal Division for additional help. (972) 771-7774.

A parent can do a lot to prevent children from being involved with fire. Children look to parents for guidance, leadership, and as a role model. Listed below are some tips to help you deal with Firesetting behaviors you might encounter.

  1. Lead by example. You cannot expect your child to treat fire any differently than you do.

  2. Explain why they cannot use fire. Simply saying DON'T is not good enough. Think about how you react when you are told that.

  3. Treat matches and lighters like tools. Give these items the same respect you would other dangerous tools around your home (for example: knives, kitchen appliances, hammers, etc.)

  4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach of all children. Most children are only involved with fire because it is available.

  5. Reward children for making right decisions with matches and lighters. Also, make clear the punishment for the wrong use of matches and lighters.

Please contact us at the e-mail addresses listed on our contact page
or call our main number at station #1, (972) 771-7774.

 



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