USFA launches educational program focusing on “curious kids”

Issue 6 and Volume 142.

USFA launches educational program focusing on “curious kids” In an effort to reduce the number of fires started by inquisitive children playing with matches, the United States Fire Administration has developed a program to help fire departments educate parents, teachers, and children. “Curious Kids Set Fires” discusses the importance of teaching children that experimenting with matches and fire can have serious consequences. The kit includes primary school curricula and guidelines for working with schools and the media. A resource guide lists “curiosity firesetter” programs and other relevant publications and public education materials. According to USFA estimations, of every 100 children who die in fires in the U.S., 24 are killed because of children playing with fire. Additionally, of every 100 people who die in child-set fires, 85 are children under the age of 10. In 1986, child-set fires resulted in approximately 4,000 injuries and 300 deaths. In addition to “Curious…

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