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The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C)
A child's fascination with fire begins at an early age. If your child is involved in fire-play, you are not alone. Many children have a fascination with fire. It is important to understand that while curiosity about fire is natural, fire-play is dangerous. In fact, fire is a leading cause of death among children in the home. Unfortunately, many youngsters start fires that injure or kill themselves or others.
What is Fire-Play?
Fire-play can be many things:
If you notice any of the following, your child may be involved in fire-play:
Help is Available
Fire setting presents an enormous risk to children, their families and the community. Fire involvement can be a sign of other problems in a child's life. It can start at any age. Fire-play can start out small and progress to larger and more serious fires that threaten the safety of the child and the family. It's important that you deal with any fire involvement immediately. That's where TAPP-C comes in.
The TAPP-C Program
The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C) is a program that brings together fire service professionals and counselling professionals to help families deal effectively with children and teens involved in fire-play. The fire service professionals educate children and their families about fire and how to develop good fire safety practices. Counselling professionals assess the risk of continued fire involvement and help children and their families deal with the problems that may contribute to the firesetting. TAPP-C is free of charge and is available to children from 2 to 17 years of age.
Please call the Municipality of Port Hope Fire Department main administrative office at (905) 753-2230 for more information or if you feel a child of yours is a candidate for this program. All information received is confidential.
Keep your child safe from fire. You can help to protect child and family by following these fire safety tips: