Glendale program seeks to prevent kid-started fires

Jan 7, 2014, 12:18 PM | Updated: 2:04 pm

PHOENIX — Kids and matches can be a deadly combination.

Luckily for a Glendale family, an incident involving the two did not turn fatal.

Glendale Fire Department investigators believe two children, ages 3 and 5, are responsible for a setting a house at 4800 W. Thatcher Road on fire Monday. According to Glendale Fire spokesperson Michael Young, the kids were playing with matches in a bedroom at the home when they set a stack of clothes on fire.

“The fire quickly spread to a stereo speaker and other items in the room,” he said.

Family members quickly tried to put out the fire. The mother of the children received minor injuries.

Incidents like Monday’s are not rare. Every year, children start approximately 56,300 fires, causing the deaths of 110 people across the country, according to statistics gathered by the Glendale Fire Department. The damages of those fires translate to about $286 million and more than 800 people getting hurt.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, one of every seven deadly structure fires are started by children under the age of 15.

To help combat and prevent fires started by youth, the Glendale Fire Department has created the Youth Firesetter Intervention Program. Aimed at children ages 3 to 17, the program educates children at risk of participating in firesetting behavior.

The program has received high recognition by the U.S. Fire Administration as one of the best in the nation.

“We encourage anyone that believes their child or any child that they know of has this type of this fire setting behavior to get into this program,” explained Young.

The program is free and open to any Valley child and includes fire safety education, fire science and it also explains the possible outcomes of setting a fire, such as injuries and legal consequences.

“We want to encourage the parents and caretakers to talk to their child about fire and let them know that fire is a tool, not a toy,” Young said.

Young encouraged parents to properly use matches and lighters in front of their kids.

“Children, a lot of times, want to mimic what the adult does,” he said.

For more information regarding Glendale Fire Department’s Youth Firesetter Intervention program, click here.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Police seek suspect in stabbing death of 33-year-old man in Phoenix

Police are seeking information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the stabbing death of a 33-year-old man in Phoenix late Monday.
1 day ago
(Apache Junction Police Department photo)...

Apache Junction police seek help finding homicide suspect

The Apache Junction Police Department is seeking information on a suspect after a homicide occurred on Monday, authorities said.
1 day ago
FILE - Protesters in Phoenix shout as they join thousands marching around the Arizona state Capitol...
Kevin Stone

Maricopa County attorney says court ruling didn’t resolve Arizona abortion law

Maricopa County’s top prosecutor said Tuesday that last week’s court ruling on abortion didn’t resolve the issue of what the law actually is in Arizona.
1 day ago
(Customs and Border Protection File Photo)...

Phoenix man accused of trying to ram into Border Patrol agent’s vehicle

A Phoenix man was arrested for allegedly trying to drive into a Border Patrol agent’s vehicle in southern Arizona last week, authorities said.
1 day ago
Dianne Gabriel Cola (Arizona Department of Public Safety Photo)...

Silver Alert issued for 80-year-old woman with dementia last seen in Peoria

A Silver Alert was issued Tuesday for an 80-year-old woman diagnosed with dementia from Peoria.
1 day ago
Sponsored Content by Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.

Sponsored Articles

Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
Glendale program seeks to prevent kid-started fires