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 to the child and anyone around them.

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. It only takes one match to cause serious injury or death.

Myth: Some children are obsessed with fire.

Fact: In reality, very few children are obsessed or would be considered pyromaniacs. There is almost always a reason behind the behavior.