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Do you know a youth in trouble?

Do you know a youth in trouble?

Here's more information for parents, school officials, and others who are concerned about a troubled youth.
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Recognize dangerous fire setting behavior

Recognize dangerous fire setting behavior

Concerned about a youth who may be using fire inappropriately? Here's what to do about it.
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Become a volunteer fire safety educator

Become a volunteer fire safety educator

Join our team and help Bergen County youth eliminate inappropriate fire setting behavior.
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Contact BCJFPP for more information

Contact BCJFPP for more information

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3 Things You Must Know Before Your Smoke Alarm Goes Off

Prevention 1st provides some great articles on fire safety. Their 3 tips on what to do when your smoke alarm goes off can help save lives and reduce panic.

  1. Can you hear it? When you tested that alarm (you do push that “test” button at least twice a year, right?) you may have thought that annoying noise would wake up anyone. But then you were standing only an arm’s reach away. How about now, maybe several floors away? If you use a hearing assistance device during the day, can you still hear the alarm when you take it out at night? Ask someone in your household, or your next visitor, to help you find out – have them push the test button and check whether you can hear it in another room, without assistance.
  2. How are you going to get out? If you were asked that question in daylight when everything was fine, you’d probably say “I’d run out the door, duh.” But getting out of your bedroom when it’s dark can be very different than in the daytime. If you’re awakened by the alarm in the middle of the night, smoke may already be in your room, and you should stay low.
  3. Are the ways out clear of clutter, and well lit? Clutter can be health hazard, as you know if you’ve ever tripped on a toy, shoe, or other object that was left on the floor. Now imagine trying to escape your home in the dark with smoke alarm sounding. Keeping pathways clear and having nightlights, especially around stairs, helps everyone get out quickly and safely.

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Education as an Intervention Strategy in a Youth Firesetting Intervention Program

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The majority of cases identified by a youth firesetting intervention program will be classified as “some risk.” Curiosity or experimentation is the prime motive for firesetting as defined in the “some risk” category. “Definite or extreme risk” firesetting situations also require educational intervention. However, sometimes the education will follow a referral for other types of interventions, such as clinical support or juvenile justice.

The goal of fire safety education in a youth firesetting intervention program is to give children and adolescents information to make the right decisions so that future firesetting incidents do not occur.

Educating the child and parents or caregivers is essential for the success of a youth firesetting intervention program. Youth firesetting intervention specialists must not assume that all children, adolescents, and parents or caregivers know the basics about fire safety and fire science. All three groups can be educated to make good decisions through structured, age-appropriate classes.

Remember to consider the four common factors that influence firesetting behavior:

  • Easy access to ignition materials.
  • Lack of adequate supervision.
  • Lack of fire safety practice in the home.
  • Easy access to information on firesetting and explosives construction on the Internet.

Messages, methods and materials should be broad-based, without bias, educationally sound and age-appropriate. Considerations need to be given to the age and developmental level of the youth, the ability of the parents or caregivers to understand the educational intervention, and the language spoken and understood by the youth and family.

Setting fires oftentimes indicates that youths are seeking attention. You can make a difference by providing appropriate education about fire science, safety, and the consequences of firesetting behavior to youths and their families so that future firesetting incidents do not occur.

Learn more about youth firesetting prevention and intervention by taking a six-day resident course or by taking two-day courses offered across the country.

More information can be found at http://

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention,” January 2014.


Safety Alert: The Fire Challenge



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