The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

February 25, 2013

Children setting fires a problem on national scale

— On average, from 2005-2009, over 56,000 fires were reported by United States municipal fire departments from children playing with fire, according to a release from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Fires set by children are a growing problem that need the attention of teachers, parents, counselors and community leaders.

An estimated 110 civilian deaths, 880 civilian injuries and $286 million in property damage were caused from fires started by children playing.

Structure fires accounted for 22% of fires, but 98% of civilian deaths and 93% of property damage.

Outside fires accounted for 75% of the fires and 2% for vehicle fires.

An alarming 66% occurred in or around residential properties.

Why do children set fires?

There are two types of fire-setters:

— Curiosity fire-setters

— Problem fire-setters

In order to understand why children set fires, it is important to know the difference in the two types of fire-setters.

Curiosity fire-setters:

Range from ages two to seven years old.

Have a fascination with fire that will cause them to play with fire to see how it burns, what it feels like and what it does.

Curiosity is normal during a child’s growth and development. However, adults should take a child’s playing with fire very seriously. It is a matter of life and death.

Problem fire-setters

Usually range from ages five to 17 years old.

Exhibit a severe fire-setting problem beyond curiosity.

Light fires due to mild to severe emotional or mental distress.

Examples that could trigger the behavior are: moving to a new area, suffering various types of abuse, divorce or death in the family.

Problem fire-setters can exhibit additional negative behaviors such as cruelty to animals, poor relationships with other children, stealing, bullying or extreme mood changes.

What can you do?

Teach our child about the dangers of fire, and that fire is a tool for grown-ups only. As a family, get to know your local fire department and teach your child about the dangers to the men and women who have to respond to fires.

Control your child’s access to fire by keeping lighters or matches put up.

Set a good example by keeping a fire-safe home and modeling safe behaviors.

Teach your child that everyone needs to take responsibility for fire safety.

Websites to visit for more information:


Text Only
Local News
  • Mega Pro Wrestling plans Montgomery show

    Mega Pro Wrestling will stage a professional wrestling card this Friday, April 25, at the Living Waters Family Worship Center (former Montgomery Middle School building) in Montgomery.

    April 24, 2014

  • 1A1 1 erin discus.jpg Spring cleaning

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kids’ fun is camp’s goal

    There’s one primary goal, Mike Bone says.

    April 23, 2014

  • Late Sen. Robert K. (Bob) Holliday to be memorialized

    The Fayetteville courtroom of Chief Judge John W. Hatcher Jr. of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit will provide a time and place for friends from across the county and state to pay tribute to the late Sen. Robert K. (Bob) Holliday.

    April 23, 2014

  • 3A1 hula hoops.jpg Fayetteville celebration pairs entertainment with environment

    When you’re finished with this newspaper, what are you going to do with it? Will you just chuck it in the trash or will you recycle it? A local celebration has the goal of opening your eyes to what everyone can do to help the environment, from building with junk to clean coal technology.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Commissioners say Mega-Site would benefit entire region

    With four counties in a seeming competition for what would be a major economic development coup, it might be safe to assume that county commissioners from all four would be ready to throw down the gauntlet to promote their turf.

    April 21, 2014

  • No sale for sewer system

    Oak Hill city council met in regular session Monday to talk ordinance adoption and smoking issues reported in Oak Hill City Park, which was an issue recently raised to Oak Hill City Manager Bill Hannabass.

    April 17, 2014

  • New River Gorge Regional Development Authority looks to develop ‘mega-site’

    Local leaders are looking for a large return on the region’s major assets — four-lane highways and the Raleigh County Memorial Airport — in the form of a 500-acre Mega-Site, which could attract a bumper crop of economic engines in technology, cognitive science, clean energy and manufacturing industries.

    April 14, 2014

  • spencer outside.jpg Lions’ annual style, variety show Friday

    The Oak Hill Lions Club’s 71st annual Style and Variety Show is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at the Oak Hill High School Auditorium. Admission is $2.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fayette law enforcement deals with tax filing scam

    According to a release from Sheriff Steve Kessler, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a scam involving the filing of false tax returns.

    April 7, 2014