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919 7th St Suite 103
Greeley, CO 80631
tel: (970) 350-9500
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Public Safety Education - Juvenile Firesetters

Presented as part of the Greeley Fire Department Public Education and Awareness series.
Juvenile Firesetters
90% of the people that die in fires set by children are children.

Whether the result of a curious child playing with matches or the malicious act of a troubled delinquent, juvenile fire setting is a serious and growing problem in Colorado. Every year, children set hundreds of fires that cost millions of dollars in damage and injures or kills hundreds of people.

In order to protect the lives of our children and prevent the loss of property, the Greeley Fire Department, in collaboration with a number of state, local and private agencies, has instituted the Juvenile Fire Setter Program.
The Juvenile Fire Setter Program targets at risk youth and provides intervention and counseling to the youth and parents, hopefully before it's too late.

The sessions are conducted by trained counselors free of charge. Please call (970)350-9509 or (970)350-9510 to set up an appointment.


What are the warning signs?  The following is a list of "red flags" or indicators that your child may have a serious fire-setting problem. If your child has set more than one fire or has had one incident of fire play and one or more of the following, you are encouraged to seek professional help:
  • Recent changes in behavior.
  • Attention deficits, temper tantrums, mood swings, impulsive behavior or excessive anger.
  • Problems at school, such as discipline, learning problems or unexplained absences.
  • Other troublesome behaviors such as stealing, lying, and drug or alcohol use.
  • Deliberate efforts to collect fire materials.
  • Failed to get help to extinguish fire.
  • Shows extreme curiosity about fire.
  • Recent losses due to health, divorce, loss of friendships, moves, etc.
  • Sad, withdrawn appearance.
  • Poor self-esteem.
  • Family stresses.
  • Daydreams about fire.
  • Boasts about fire sets.
  • Aggressive behavior toward people or animals.
  • Behaviors indicating that he/she is a loner, a risk taker or a fighter.
  • Fire set deliberately to harm others or to destroy property.
  • Fire set out of anger or in response to a family problem.

Children learn by observing your actions, it is very important to set a good example regarding fire safety. If you have a casual approach to fire safety, so will your children. Parents are the most influential people in a child's life. Teaching fire safety to your child is very important for the safety of your child and your entire family.

  • Fire is a tool we use to heat our homes or cook our food.
  • It is not a toy.
  • Fire is dangerous; it can kill.
  • All fires, even small ones, can spread quickly.
  • Even adults must follow special safety rules for fire.
  • Have older children, under close supervision, practice safe use of fire such as lighting candles, or lighting a fireplace.
  • Install and maintain smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
  • Plan and practice home fire escape drill.
  • Regularly inspect your home for hazards.
  • Point out to your children the safety rules you and others are following throughout the day.

It is also very important to control your child's access to fire.

  • Keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children, even a 2 year old can operate a cigarette lighter.
  • Never allow anyone to use lighters or matches in an unsafe manner in your home.
  • Never leave stove or candle fires unattended.
  • Teach children to show you any unattended matches or lighters they find.

for more information please contact:

Division Chief 
Dale Lyman