Most experts agree that there are two (2) types of children who start fires:
Curious Firesetters usually are 2 to 7 years old and have a fascination with fire and want to "play" with it to find out how it feels, how it burns and what it does. They do not understand the destructive potential.
Problem Firesetters can also be very young, but are usually between 5 to 17 years of age. Unlike curious firesetters, these children light fires due to mild to severe emotional or mental disturbances. A crisis in the child's life could trigger firesetting behavior. Or, a more serious disturbance could be the cause.
The number of fires set by children is growing. It is a problem that needs the attention of parents, teachers, counselors and community leaders, in cooperation with fire and law enforcement officers.
Teach your Children About Fire
For more information, contact Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS Office of the Fire Marshal - 860-647-3267.