Educate your child about the dangers of playing with fire

Playing with fire (firesetting)

Helping to reduce 'fire play' by educating children and young people about fire safety

Recognising the signs

Most children show a natural interest about fire, but there are signs you can look out for that may highlight firesetting behaviour:

  • burnt matches or burnt pieces of paper lying around
  • scorch marks on the carpets or soft furnishings in their bedroom

How you can help

  • don't frighten or punish your child for being curious 
  • talk to your child, from an early age, about: 
  • the dangers of matches and lighters, and that they are for grown-ups only
  • what might happen if they start a fire
  • lock matches or lighters away, or put them out of reach 

We can help you

As your children grow up, you may notice that they are fascinated by fire. Most of the time they will grow out of this, however, sometimes they can take the fascination to extremes.

We offer two services, both with fully trained staff, who are able to help you:

FireWise - educating children and young people 14 years and under about the dangers of fire

We work with individual children at home or at school, not to punish them, but to help them change their firesetting behaviour. Please contact the FireWise team: Email the FireWise team


Firesetters Intervention Scheme - educating young people and adults 14 years and over about the dangers of fire

If you are worried about a young person or adult and their firesetting behaviour, please contact our Firesetters Intervention Team: Email the Firesetters Intervention team