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Arson prevention

Arson is a crime with devastating consequences. You can help to prevent arson in our community by following these tips:

- Keep your home secure and well-lit.
- Teach children about the dangers of fire.
- Teens should know that intentional fire-setting has serious legal consequences.
- Even small fires can spread quickly, endangering lives and property. So if something sparks your suspicion, call 911 immediately.

Marion County Fire Rescue Juvenile Firesetter Program

MCFR offers a free early-outreach, educational program geared toward children ages 4-16 who have set or have shown interest in setting fires. It is a two-hour, age-specific class that will stress the dangers and consequences of setting fires. Classes are kept small so we can keep it more personal and have a chance to interact with each child. 

A parent or guardian must also attend with their child. For more information, please call Investigator/Inspector Kenny McCann at 352-291-8000. Classes are scheduled as referrals are received.

Click here for the referral form.

What can you do as parent or caregiver?

- Teach your child that fire is not a toy.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach.
- Always supervise your child.
- Set a good example, use matches and lighters in a safe manner.
- Maintain working smoke alarms.
- Practice monthly exit drills.
- Never leave stoves or lighted candles unattended.
- Teach your children to bring to your attention any matches or lighters they find.