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Children's curiosity can kill.

In any given community there exists a constant threat from young people who play with fire. Children who play with fire do so for various reasons, ranging from natural curiosity to attention-seeking.

Without help and guidance, fire-setting behaviour can develop ( leading to more serious consequences such as major injuries as well as building damage.

The Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service fire-setter education programme was set up in 1983 to address the growing number of children and young people becoming involved in fire-play/fire-setting behaviour.

The aim of the programme is to help children and young people, and their families, understand the dangers of fire and its consequences.

It receives referrals from various sources including parents, teachers, social workers and firefighters at the scene of a fire.

The juvenile fire-setter is typically aged between five and 17. Poor relationships with other children, problems with bullying or schoolwork, cruelty to animals and extreme mood swings are just a few of the signs that could point at a child with a fire-setting problem.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2006
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