What is the purpose of the Juvenile Fire Stoppers Program?
The Juvenile FireStoppers program is designed to provide education and intervention for children who have talked about, played with or set a fire. The goal is to prevent children from causing another fire or to prevent injury, death or damage to property. The Juvenile FireStoppers program is specifically designed to:
- Help prevent further fire play with the juvenile
- Inform you and your child about the dangers of fire
- Discover and correct safety issues that may be in your home
Does my child need the Fire Stoppers Program?
Concerned parents, teachers, fire departments, members of social services, and the Law Enforcement community all refer youths to try to cease the fire setting behavior. This FREE program is for children age 2 to 17 years of age.
- Parents concerned about their child and their families safety. Can contact this office for a free one-on-one class with the juvenile and parent. The purpose of the program is to provide education for the child and family’s safety. This program also assists family with further counseling if needed.
- Call (281)436-8070 if you live in the Unincorporated Portion of Harris County or send us an email.
- Without the proper education, over 80% of youths that have played with fire will do it again.
How do the classes work?
A one-to-one fire safety class for the child & parent with:
- An interview to understand the child’s interest.
- Assistance with counseling services is provided for those youths who have more than a curiosity of fire if the parents are interested in seeking further services.
- Fire setting sometimes stems from other problems that the juvenile is facing. Counseling can assist the juvenile and the family through this. All information is kept confidential.
- Participation helps the juvenile, siblings, parents and other family members. Basic safety also helps with fire safety in the home including exit drills.
What can Parents do?
- Make matches and lighters “off-limits”
Tell your children to immediately tell you about any matches or lighters that they find. Reward them when they do. Set consequences for your children if they are found with matches, lighters, playing with candles or fireworks. All of which can be very dangerous to your child, another individual or property.
- Make your home “fire safe”
Keep all matches and lighters out of reach of your children. If you smoke, keep lighters on your person and not scattered about the house. Install smoke detectors in each bedroom and hallway. Check the batteries at least twice a year. Change your clock—Change your Battery. Lock up all flammable items (gas, aerosols, etc.)
- Teach your child about fire safety
Talk with your children about the good (cooking and heating) and bad (accidents and burns) uses of fire. Teach them that matches and lighters are TOOLS for adults. Practice your fire escape plan, stop-drop-and-roll and crawl-low under smoke.
- Realize the dangers of fire play
If your child has been found playing with fire, please enroll them in a proper fire safety and prevention class. Acknowledge that punishment will not solve the problem of fire play. This is not a phase they will outgrow.
Here is some information and some websites especially for you. Have you ever wanted to help out mom and dad? Here is some ways to practice Fire Safety in your Home and help mom and dad at the same time.
- Make sure that Mom and Dad put lighters and matches away. (So we don’t see them)
- Tell Mom and Dad if we find lighters and matches. (Don’t touch them)
- Make a fire escape plan and practice it with your family. (just like at school) (www.nfpa.org for a Home fire Escape Plan)
- Change your clocks. Change your batteries. (everytime there is Daylight savings, you change your batteries in all of the smoke detectors)
- Test your smoke alarm batteries on the same day every month.
- Always make sure mom and dad are paying attention when they are cooking.
- Does everyone in the home know there address and phone number?
Thanks for being such great “firefighters” and helping mom and dad with the important things about fire safety!