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Fire Officials: Kids Setting Fires Is A Growing Problem That Needs Attention
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on February 21, 2013 @ 7:53PM
Created on February 21, 2013 @ 5:12PM
 
According to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association there have been an average of 56,000 fires set by children every year, for the last four years.
 
Officials told 5 News that children setting fires has become a growing problem that needs our attention now.
 
Over the last four years more than 100 people have been killed in a fire that was started by a child.
 
According to experts kids who set fires can be put into two categories, and they are curiosity fire-setters, and problem fire-setters.
 
Fire officials said to put a stop to this problem it's going to take the effort of more than one person.
 
Morgantown Fire Chief, Mark Caravasos said they visit local schools on a regular basis to teach kids the dangers about fires.
 
Caravasos said parents also have to take some responsibility.
 
He suggested that parents talk to their kids about fires.
 
Caravasos mentioned it would be a good idea to be open with your kids and tell them that they are times fires can be used for good and bad.
 
He also mentioned it's probably not a bad idea to keep matches and lighters out of the reach of young children.
 
"Fire is a very good thing in some instances," Caravasos said. "In other instances it can be very bad and very destructive. You want to stress those differences to your kids."
 
If you would like to learn more about fire safety tips, you can visit Safe Kids, and the National Fire Protection Association.

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