It is natural that children may be fascinated about fire, but any experimentation could lead to serious injury or death. The Columbus Fire Department can assist you family with our Youth Firesetting Prevention and Education program.

We work closely with local schools and law enforcement to keep all children in our community safe. If you need assistance with a child that you suspect is experimenting with fire, don’t hesitate to contact the Columbus Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau at (812) 376-2679.

Here are some signs to look out for that could indicate your child is playing with fire:

  • Lighters or matches going missing or turning up in odd places
  • Unexplained burns on carpets and soft furnishings
  • Unexplained burns or blisters on your child or their clothes
  • Piles of burnt papers, sticks etc, especially in isolated areas like the garden or back yard
  • Unexplained smells of smoke on their clothes or in their hair

If you discover any of these things, it’s important that you talk to your child about the dangers of fire. On a side note, never be angry with your kids, but approach them in a way to re-educate them about the dangers of fire and make sure they understand the importance of fire safety.

Educating children about fire safety is important to prevent fire outbreaks, and we, as parents, should also be alert on any signs or clues that our children are involved in fire play.