Resources: Obtain More Information on Youth Firesetting and Fire Misuse

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
    (search "arson and juvenile fire setting") An international non-profit organization whose mission is " reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education." Fact sheets, research data, and safety tip sheets on youth firesetting are available through their website.

  • United States Fire Administration (USFA) "Prevent Youth Firesetting" and "Fire is Everyone's Fight" Campaigns:
    USFA and its partners dedicated the 2012 Arson Awareness Week to focus public attention on the importance of a collaborative effort with fire and emergency service departments, law enforcement, mental health, social services, schools, and juvenile justice to help reduce the occurrence of juveniles engaged with fire.

  • SOS FIRES: Youth Intervention Programs:
    A non-profit organization which develops and supports a wide range of intervention, communication, and training for service providers of fire involved youth. SOS FIRES endeavors to prevent damage, injury, and death caused by child set fires.

  • Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S.:
    A collaboration of community based partners with the common goal of reducing the number of deaths, burn injuries and property destruction caused by juvenile firesetting. Provides free online resources and information for parents, fire agencies, youth firesetting intervention programs, and behavioral health professionals.

  • National Fire Academy (NFA) Training Course - Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention (R629):

  • National Association of State Fire Marshals:
    Published reports on youth firesetting are available through their website.

  • Fireproof Children/Prevention First:
    An organization whose mission is "injury prevention through education, research, training, global educational programs and organizational partnerships." Educational materials are available via their website, including "Juvenile Firesetting: A Community Guide to Prevention and Intervention" and "After the Fire: The Teachable Moment."

  • Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal:

Professional Publications on Youth Firesetting

  • Ahrns-Klas KS, Wahl WL, Hemmila MR, Wang SC. Do burn centers provide juvenile firesetter intervention? J Burn Care Res 2012;33(2):272-8.

  • Ahrns-Klas KS. The new epidemic: displays of risky fire use in social media. American Burn Association Burn and Fire Prevention Newsletter: Volume 5. March 2010.

  • Evarts B. Children playing with fire. National Fire Protection Association, November 2011. Available online:

  • Evarts B. Intentional fires. National Fire Protection Association, January 2012. Available online:

  • Franklin GA, Pucci PS, Arbabi S, Brandt MM, Wahl WL, Taheri PA. Decreased juvenile arson and firesetting recidivism after implementation of a multidisciplinary prevention program. J Trauma 2002;53(2):260-6.

  • Klas, KS. Are you listening now?: The million dollar cry for help. Match Book issue 4, Spring 2014.

  • Kolko DJ. Efficacy of cognitive-behavioral treatment and fire safety education for children who set fires: initial and follow-up outcomes. J Child Psychol Psychiatry 2001;42(3):359-69.

  • Kolko DJ, Day BT, Bridge JA, Kazdin AE. Two-year prediction of children's firesetting in clinically referred and nonreferred samples. J Child Psychol Psychiatry 2001;42(3):371-80.

  • Lambie I, Randell I. Creating a firestorm: a review of children who deliberately light fires. Clin Psychol Rev 2011;31(3):307-27.

  • MacKay S, Paglia-Boak A, Henderson J, Marton P, Adlaf E. Epidemiology of firesetting in adolescents: mental health and substance use correlates. J Child Psychol Psychiatry 2009;50(10):1282-90.

  • Match Book: A Journal on the Prevention & Treatment of Youth Firesetting:

  • National Association of State Fire Marshals. Juvenile firesetter intervention research project: final report. March 2001.

  • Putnam CT, Kirkpatrick JT. Juvenile firesetting: a research overview. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2005.

  • Root C, Mackay S, Henderson J, Del Bove G, Warling D. The link between maltreatment and juvenile firesetting: correlates and underlying mechanisms. Child Abuse Negl 2008;32(2):161-76.

  • Sharp FL, Blaakman SW, Cole EC, Cole RE. Evidence-based multidisciplinary strategies for working with children who set fires. J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc 2006;11(6):329-337.

  • Slavkin ML. What every clinician needs to know about juvenile firesetters. Psychiatr Serv 2002;53(10):1237-8.

  • Stadolnik RF. Drawn to the flame: assessment and treatment of juvenile firesetting behavior. Professional Resource Press, Sarasota, FL, 2000.

  • United States Fire Administration. Special Report: Arson and Juveniles: Responding to the Violence, USFA-TR-095, 1998.